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STS-107 MCC Status Report #14

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-107 MCC Status Report #14 
Tuesday, January 28, 2003 -- 5 p.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

The Red team of astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia accomplished
repairs on the third and final combustion experiment of STS-107 this
afternoon, and support scientists on the ground were looking forward to
working with the Blue team on the first scientific runs. 

Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla reported a good leak check of the
Combustion Module-2 Facility about 4 p.m. after five hours of work. She
and Commander Rick Husband sent down video of the recovery procedures for
the Water Mist Fire Suppression Experiment (MIST) around 2 p.m. to give
engineers on the ground an opportunity to visually inspect the equipment.
The combustion facility, which provides control, containment, diagnostics
and communications for fire-related experiments, worked flawlessly in
support of the two previous combustion experiments, but failed its
initial leak checks when MIST was installed Monday. 

Payload Commander Michael Anderson of the Blue team is scheduled to begin
work with the MIST experiment overnight. Designed by the Center for
Commercial Applications of Combustion in Space at the Colorado School of
Mines, Golden, Colo., the experiment will investigate how water mist
inhibits the spread of flames. Scientists hope to apply what they learn
to designs for improved, lighter-weight fire suppression systems on
Earth, as well as for spacecraft-based systems that wont require
ozone-damaging chemicals such as Halons. 

Husband, Chawla and Red team colleagues Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon
enjoyed some time off for the first half of their day, then moved ahead
with other experiments in the Spacehab Research Double Module. Clark
retrieved samples associated with the Bioreactor Demonstration System,
which Project Scientist Tom Goodwin reported today has grown a bone and
prostate cancer tumor tissue sample as large as a golf ball, the largest
grown in space to date. She also collected blood and urine samples from
her crewmates for the Physiology and Biochemistry (PhAB4) suite of
experiments. Ramon also conducted observations of dust off the African
coast for the Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment (MEIDEX). 

After a 2:39 p.m. CST wake-up to the Beach Boys singing I Get Around,
the Blue team of Anderson, Pilot Willie McCool and Mission Specialist
Dave Brown resumed work with the tests of their breathing, hearts and
muscle associated with Advanced Respiratory Monitoring System. Anderson
was scheduled to check on the condition of the animals on board, which
has continued to be good. 

The next STS-107 status report will be issued Wednesday, or as events

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