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STS-114 MCC Status Report #18



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

STS-114 MCC Status Report #18
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005 – 11 p.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

After an eventful day supporting the third spacewalk of the mission, a 
light duty day of transfer activities, special events and time off lies 
ahead for the Space Shuttle Discovery crew as they begin their tenth day 
in space.

The seven-member Shuttle crew awoke to the well-known country song 
“Amarillo by Morning,” performed by George Strait, at 10:09 p.m. CDT. 
Their Station counterparts, the Expedition 11 crew of Commander Sergei 
Krikalev and Flight Engineer and NASA ISS Science Officer John Phillips, 
woke up 30 minutes later.

The morning includes an in-flight media interview for Commander Eileen 
Collins, and Mission Specialists Steve Robinson and Charlie Camarda. 
Elsewhere on the complex, Pilot Jim Kelly and Mission Specialist Wendy 
Lawrence will be performing a few robotic arm operations, as they 
release the Station’s Canadarm2 from the Mobile Base System and attach 
it to the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM). That task is being done 
in preparation for return of the MPLM to Discovery’s payload bay.

Midway through the crew day, at about 4:19 a.m. CDT, Japanese Aerospace 
and Exploration Agency Astronaut Soichi Noguchi and Collins will 
participate in a special video conference with Japanese Prime Minister 
Junichiro Koizumi; and Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science 
and Technology Nariaki Nakayama. JAXA Astronaut Dr. Mamoru Mohri and 
several Japanese students and citizens will also participate in the call.

Later, Robinson, Camarda and Noguchi will continue stowage of equipment 
and supplies in the MPLM on the Shuttle and Space Station. Phillips and 
Krikalev will help with that activity as well before all of the 
crewmembers stop to share a special evening meal together.

About an hour later, at 7:04 a.m. CDT, the joint crews have planned a 
commemorative in-flight event paying tribute to the STS-107 Columbia 
crew. That event will air on NASA TV. The remainder of the day will be 
off-duty time for the Shuttle crew as they prepare for the final days of 
their mission.

Phillips and Krikalev will spend about two hours configuring the Common 
Berthing Mechanism for the MPLM removal before ending their workday with 
routine daily planning conference with ground controllers.

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

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