Activities on board Endeavour and the International Space Station today will focus on continuing transfer of hardware, equipment and supplies between the two spacecraft as well as hardware maintenance and continuing handover briefings between the Expedition Three and Four crews.
Flight Day 8 for Endeavour’s crew began with a wake-up call from Mission Control offering a rendition of “Fly me to the Moon”, sung by Oliver “Ollie” O’Regin for Dan Tani.
The astronauts and cosmonauts have transferred more than 5,000 pounds of supplies and material from Endeavour’s middeck, and the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module to the station. Today, the crews will focus on packing up the Raffaello module with items bound for a return trip to Earth. Raffaello will be detached from the Unity module of the station onFriday and reberthed in Endeavour’s cargo bay for its ride home.
With a one-day extension to the mission, Endeavour’s crew – Commander Dom Gorie, Pilot Mark Kelly and Mission Specialists Linda Godwin and Tani – will spend today assisting the Expedition Four crew – Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Expedition Dan Bursch and Carl Walz – with maintenance tasks on board the station, including the replacement of some of the components of the on-board treadmill. Tomorrow, the crew will replace a failed compressor in one of the air conditioners in the Zvezda Service Module. As the Expedition Three crew – Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin – prepare for a return to Earth on Monday, they continue a series of handover briefings to acquaint the newest resident crew with their orbital home.
Endeavour is currently scheduled to undock from the ISS on Saturday morning, with landing planned for early Monday afternoon at the Kennedy Space Center.
The next STS-108 mission status report will be issued about 6 p.m. today or as events warrant.
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