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STS-107 MCC Status Report #13

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-107 MCC Status Report #13 
Monday, January 27, 2003 -- 5:30 P.M. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

Some experiments have run their course aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia,
but there is more in store as STS-107 science continues around the clock
in the Spacehab Research Double Module. 

The Structures of Flame Balls experiment, looking at ways of improving
engine combustion efficiency, was shut down after a total of 39 tests
using 15 different fuel mixtures. A total of 55 flame balls were ignited,
including the weakest and leanest flames ever burned. The longest-lived
flame burned in space for 81 minutes, part of a total burn time for all
flames of 6 1 /4 hours. Oscillating (shrinking and growing) flame balls,
which had been predicted theoretically, were observed for the first time.

The Mechanics of Granular Materials test, looking for ways to better
understand and deal with soil movement associated with earthquakes,
completed its 10th and final run. The Microbial Physiology Flight
Experiment expended its eighth and final set of samples looking at yeast
and bacteria growth in microgravity. The Canadian-developed Osteoporosis
in Orbit also completed its operations. 

The Red team, or day shift – Commander Rick Husband, Mission Specialists
Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark and Israel Space Agency Payload
Specialist Ilan Ramon – took time out from microgravity experimentation
about 11:30 a.m. CST to chat with the other three spacefarers on orbit –
Commander Ken Bowersox, NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit and Flight
Engineer Nikolai Budarin. At the time, the space station was some 240
miles above Southern Russia while the shuttle was over northern Brazil. 

The Expedition Six crew aboard the station concentrated on loading new
software on the EXPRESS experiment racks, working with Russian and
American experiments and preparing the old Progress for its undocking
this week to make room for a new supply craft, scheduled to launch Feb. 2
from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Khazakstan and dock with the station
Feb. 4. 

After a 2:39 p.m. CST wake-up to the sounds of “Slow Boat to Rio” by Earl
Klugh, the Blue team of astronauts – Payload Commander Michael Anderson,
Mission Specialist Dave Brown and Pilot Willie McCool was scheduled to
enjoy half a day of rest before resuming research activities
concentrating on the Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment, which
yesterday captured its first observations of dust over the Atlantic.
Scientists with the Israel Space Agency reported that preliminary data
looks promising. 

The next STS-107 status report will be issued Tuesday afternoon, or as
events warrant. 

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