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STS-114 MCC Status Report #14


STS-114 MCC Status Report #14
Monday, Aug. 1, 2005 – 11 p.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

The Space Shuttle Discovery and International Space Station crews will 
continue transferring equipment and supplies between the two vehicles 
today. They will also review updated tasks for the third planned 
spacewalk of the mission.

Discovery’s crew was awakened at 10:09 p.m. CDT by the song "Big Rock 
Candy Mountain," by Harry McClintock for Mission Specialist Andy Thomas. 
The Space Station crew was awakened at 10:39 p.m. CDT by a tone onboard.

Mission managers decided to remove two gap fillers that are protruding 
from areas between heat-shielding tile on the Shuttle's underbelly. It 
is a relatively simple process that can be accomplished as an add-on 
task to Wednesday’s spacewalk.

During the spacewalk, Mission Specialist Steve Robinson will venture 
under the Space Shuttle on the tip of the Station’s robotic arm, locate 
the protrusions and gently tug until they come out. If that does not 
work, Robinson will have tools to cut off the protrusions.

Robinson, fellow spacewalker Soichi Noguchi and spacewalk choreographer 
Andy Thomas will spend time Tuesday assembling a hack saw for the 
removal job and reviewing the new procedure.

All of the Shuttle and Station crewmembers will participate in a news 
conference at 4:59 a.m. CDT. Krikalev and Phillips will be interviewed 
by reporters at Mission Control Moscow at 5:45 a.m. CDT. It will be 
replayed with translation on NASA TV at 6:15 a.m. CDT.

At 6:39 a.m. CDT Discovery Pilot Jim Kelly and Mission Specialist Wendy 
Lawrence will grapple the External Stowage Platform-2 (ESP-2) and 
unberth it from Discovery’s payload bay. This is in preparation for the 
hardware’s installation at the beginning of Wednesday’s spacewalk. 
Preparing the ESP-2 Tuesday provides the extra time for the tile gap 
filler task during the spacewalk.

Before the Shuttle and Station crews go to sleep, the hatch will be 
closed between the two vehicles and the Shuttle’s cabin will be 
depressurized to 10.2 psi on the eve of the last spacewalk. The crews 
are scheduled to go to sleep about 2:09 p.m. CDT.

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

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