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STS-107 MCC Status Report #05

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-107 MCC Status Report #05 
Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 4:00 p.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

Columbia's astronauts studied combustion properties and the response of
their own bodies in weightlessness and the behavior of soot in space
one-quarter of the way through their marathon scientific research

Red Team members Commander Rick Husband, Mission Specialists Kalpana
Chawla and Laurel Clark and Israeli Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon
completed the first data collection sessions with the Combustion Module
in the Spacehab research module housed in Columbia's cargo bay. One of
three experiments housed in the Combustion Module --- the study of
Laminer Soot Processes (LSP) --- is designed to gain a better
understanding of soot formation, oxidation and radiative properties
within flames. 

Additional data was gleaned from the Mechanics of Granular Materials
experiment (MGM) in the Spacehab module, which is providing information
on the behavior of saturated sand when exposed to confining pressures in
microgravity. The experiment could provide engineers with valuable data
for strengthening buildings against earthquakes. 

Work was also accomplished with a series of biomedical experiments
studying the human body's response to weightlessness --- particularly
dealing with protein manufacturing in the absence of a gravity
environment, bone and calcium production, the formation of chemicals
associated with renal stones and how saliva and urine change in space
relative to any exposure to viruses. 

Experiments continued with the MEIDEX cameras in the cargo bay observing
dust storms in the Mediterranean region and with the SOLSE experiment,
geared to studying the amount of ozone in the Earth's atmosphere by using
a special imaging spectrometer in the payload bay to look across the limb
of the Earth during specifically scheduled orbits. 

Columbia's Blue Team science cadre --- Pilot Willie McCool and Mission
Specialists Dave Brown and Mike Anderson --- planned to continue the more
than 80 experiments on board Columbia following their wakeup call this
afternoon. The Red team will begin its eight-hour sleep period just
before 9 p.m. Central time. 

Earlier today, TV cameras in the Spacehab research module captured Ramon
conducting work with the Combustion Module. He reported that the
materials science facility was operating perfectly as are all of the
other experiment facilities aboard Columbia. 

Aboard the International Space Station, Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight
Engineer Nikolai Budarin and ISS Science Officer Don Pettit completed
their second month in space by enjoying an off-duty day. The crew will
return to a full complement of scientific research activities, exercise
and routine ISS maintenance work on Monday. The ISS crew is working a
schedule, which calls for them to be awakened every morning at 12:00 a.m.
Central time and for their 8  hour sleep period to begin at 3:30 p.m.

The ISS crew was informed that replacement parts for the Microgravity
Science Glovebox will be ready for launch on the next Progress resupply
vehicle to the ISS on February 2. With docking of that cargo ship to the
ISS planned for Feb. 4, virtually all of the science planned for the
facility during Expedition 6 will be accomplished as initially planned. 

All systems aboard Columbia and the ISS continue to function well. 

The next STS-107 mission status report will be issued Monday afternoon,
or earlier if events warrant. 

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