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STS-107 MCC REPORT#4



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-107
Report #04 
Saturday, January 18, 2003 - 5:00 p.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts pointed two Israeli cameras over the
Atlantic and the Mediterranean today in search of small dust particles
that might impact the weather and began experiments in human life
sciences in the third day of the STS-107 scientific research flight. 
 
Red Team members Commander Rick Husband, Mission Specialists Kalpana
Chawla and Laurel Clark and Israeli Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon were
awakened at 4:39 a.m. CST. Following a handover with their Blue Team
counterparts, they took over for Pilot Willie McCool and Mission
Specialists Dave Brown and Mike Anderson, who began an eight-hour sleep
period at 9:39 a.m. CST. 
 
Specific experiment highlights today included:
 
·        A radiometric camera and a video camera were aimed at the
Atlantic and the Mediterranean as part of the Mediterranean Israeli Dust
Experiment. Although no dust was detected due to heavy cloud coverage,
initial analysis showed that the two cameras are working well, supplying
high-quality images. The cloud patterns imaged by the cameras showed
remarkable details. The intent of the experiment is to help researchers
better understand how dust particles in the atmosphere affect climate.
 
·        An experiment that looks at the movement of calcium through the
body to further understanding of bone loss in space began. Astronauts
took oral calcium tracers that will be monitored over the course of the
mission to examine how calcium metabolism changes in an astronaut's body
during spaceflight. 
 
·        In the physical sciences, the second run of the Mechanics of
Granular Materials was completed. The objective of the experiment is to
improve and enhance science and technology in many disciplines including
earthquake engineering and soil mechanics. Results may lead to answers
concerning the consequences of earthquakes, such as damage to soils and
foundations.  
 
Shortly after 2 p.m. CST, Red Team members took time out from their
experiment schedule to talk with reporters from CNN, CBS News and Fox
News Channel. Asked about the importance of the flight to Israel, Ramon
commented that he views the mission as an "opening for great science for
our nation."
 
 
- -more-
 
The Blue Team will be awakened at 5:39 p.m. CST to continue work on the
more than 80 experiments aboard Columbia. Scheduled activities include
initiation of experiments in the Combustion Module. It will be used to
conduct three experiments that examine soot formation, lean combustion
and fire suppression.
 
All systems aboard Columbia continue to function well.
 
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 6 Commander Ken
Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer
Don Pettit observed a milestone today as they presided over the final run
of the Zeolite Crystal Growth experiment in the Destiny Lab. Experiment
results may contribute to the technology used to make gasoline, products
for the chemical industry and commercial film products.
 
The Expedition crew conducted a weekly planning conference with flight
controllers in Houston and downlinked video of maintenance work performed
this past week. Crewmembers have a light schedule of duties this weekend
before resuming their full schedule of activities on Monday.
 
The next STS-107 mission status report will be issued Sunday afternoon,
or earlier if events warrant.
 

 

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