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STS-121 MCC Status Report #20


2 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 14
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas


STS-121 MCC Status Report #20

It’s back to work for the Space Shuttle Discovery crew. After a day off, 
the crew will spend much of today getting ready for their undocking from 
the International Space Station.

The crew woke at 12:19 a.m. CDT with the Aggie War Hymn performed by the 
Fighting Texas Aggie Band. It was for Mission Specialist Mike Fossum, a 
graduate of Texas A&M University.

The first activity of the day will be media interviews for most of the 
crew -- shuttle Pilot Mark Kelly, Mission Specialists Fossum, Lisa 
Nowak, Stephanie Wilson and Piers Sellers, and station Expeditioon 13 
Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams. Beginning 
at 3:03 a.m. they will talk with journalists from CNN, ABC News, NBC’s 
Today Show, and CBS News.

Meanwhile, shuttle Commander Steve Lindsey and station Flight Engineer 
Thomas Reiter will deactivate the multipurpose logistics module Leonardo 
and begin preparing for its move back to Discovery’s payload bay. Nowak 
and Wilson will use the station robotic arm to maneuver Leonardo, which 
has been packed with more than 4,000 pounds of experiment results, 
unneeded supplies and equipment from the station, to its place in the 
cargo bay.

The two, joined by Lindsey, will also use the arm with the boom 
extension to conduct a scheduled final inspection of the shuttle’s port 
wing to ensure it has not been damaged by orbital debris during the 
docked operations.

Throughout the day, the remainder of the crew will continue with final 
transfer of supplies and equipment from the shuttle’s middeck, organize 
the spacewalk tools and do other tasks to get ready for Discovery's 
undocking from the station on Saturday.

The next STS-121 mission status report will be issued Friday evening, or 
earlier if events warrant.
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