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STS-114 MCC Status Report #06



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468


STS-114 MCC Status Report #06
Thursday, July 28, 2005 – 11 p.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

The first full day of joint Space Shuttle and International Space 
Station operations will be highlighted by installation of a cargo 
transportation module, additional orbiter heat shield inspections and 
spacewalk preparations.

Discovery’s crew was awakened at 10:39 p.m. CDT by the song “Vertigo“ by 
U2 played for Pilot Jim Kelly. Capcom Shannon Lucid noted during the 
wakeup call that Kelly, whose nickname is “Vegas,” was promoted to 
Colonel in the U.S. Air Force recently. The Station crew was awakened at 
11:09 p.m. CDT(0009 UTC) by a tone onboard.

In this upcoming flight day, Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence and Kelly 
will guide the Station’s robot arm, Canadarm2, to pluck the Multi 
Purpose Logistics Module from Discovery’s cargo bay and install it on 
the Station. The MPLM, called Raffaello, will be attached to the 
Station’s Unity module. While the crew was asleep, the Station flight 
control team verified Unity’s attach mechanism is ready for the addition.

Kelly and Station Flight Engineer John Phillips will walk Canadarm2 off 
of the Destiny lab beginning at 4:39 a.m. CDT., onto the Mobile Base 
System for situational awareness views from its cameras for the survey. 
Mission Specialist Charlie Camarda and Kelly will begin additional 
focused inspections of Discovery’s heat shield using the Shuttle arm and 
Orbiter Boom Sensor System shortly after 6 a.m. Central time.

Once the MPLM is in place, Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence and Station 
Commander Sergei Krikalev will begin activation of the module about 7:49 
a.m. CDT and will enter about two hours later, at 9:49 a.m. CDT.

Commander Eileen Collins and Mission Specialist Andy Thomas will 
participate in interviews with the Associated Press Radio Network, 
National Public Radio and the CBS Radio Network at 5:19 a.m. CDT.

Additional preparations for Saturday’s first spacewalk of the mission by 
Soichi Noguchi and Steve Robinson will continue during the day with a 
review of EVA procedures and a checkout of a small rescue device known 
as SAFER, for Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue, designed to allow an 
astronaut outside a spacecraft to return safety if they become 
untethered and separated from the spacecraft. Hatches between Discovery 
and Station will be closed as the Shuttle’s cabin pressure is reduced to 
10.2 psi for the pre-breathe period, during which spacewalkers will 
become gradually acclimated to the lower pressures of spacesuits.

The crews of Discovery and the Station are scheduled to go to sleep 
about 2:39 p.m. CDT.

The next STS-114 mission status report will be issued Friday afternoon, 
or earlier, if events warrant.

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