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STS-114 MCC Status Report #24


STS-114 MCC Status Report #24
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

Discovery’s astronauts will begin turning their attention toward coming 
back to Earth Monday by stowing equipment and verifying operation of the 
orbiter’s flight control surfaces and system.

The crew was awakened at 7:39 p.m. CDT by “The One and Only Flower in 
the World” sung by the Japanese group SMAP. It was played for Mission 
Specialist Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Commander Eileen Collins, Pilot Jim Kelly and Mission Specialist Steve 
Robinson, who also serves as Discovery’s Flight Engineer, will checkout 
the orbiter’s flight control system at 10:39 p.m. CDT. The three also 
will test the Reaction Control System with a hot fire of the jets at 
11:49 p.m. CDT.

In the meantime, Noguchi, along with Mission Specialists Andy Thomas, 
Wendy Lawrence and Charlie Camarda will put away equipment that has been 
in use during the mission. Noguchi and Thomas will stow the Ku-band 
communications antenna at 8:19 a.m. CDT.

The entire group will gather on Discovery’s flight deck and take a 
moment to answer questions from reporters at 3:06 a.m. CDT.

After its departure Saturday, Discovery is now about 90 miles away from 
the International Space Station and increasing that gap by about 8 miles 
each time it orbits the Earth.

Onboard the Station, Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA Station Science 
Officer John Phillips are returning to their normal schedule, waking up 
at 1 a.m. CDT Sunday. They are enjoying a restful weekend after nearly 9 
full days of work with the Shuttle crew.

Discovery’s crew is scheduled for sleep at 11:39 a.m. CDT Sunday.

The final press briefing before entry is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. CDT 
Sunday. The next STS-114 mission status report will be issued Sunday 
afternoon, or earlier, if events warrant.

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