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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

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Columbia’s seven astronauts took a break from their around-the-clock
scientific research today to answer reporters’ questions in the
traditional on-orbit crew news conference.

Commander Rick Husband, Pilot Willie McCool, Mission Specialists Dave
Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson and Laurel Clark, and Israel
Space Agency Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon fielded questions about how
their shuttle was performing as a research laboratory, their work in
support of the STS-107 mission’s 80 different experiments and
preparations for Saturday’s planned landing. 

After a 2:39 p.m. CST Blue Team wake-up to the sounds of John Lennon
singing “Imagine,” MCCool and Ramon said their observations from orbit
reveal no borders on the Earth below and reiterated in both English and
Hebrew their hopes for peace in the world.

Initial tests in the Combustion Module Facility with the newly
revitalized Water Mist Fire Suppression Experiment took center stage
today, with 14 sample runs completed after Chawla fixed a balky seal in
the combustion module yesterday. Another 20 runs are planned before the
end of the mission on tests designed to learn exactly how the water
interacts with flames as it is extinguishing them

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