Discovery's crewmembers, including their new Expedition Two crewmates from the International Space Station, were awakened at 4:10 a.m. Central time to the theme from the movie, "Arthur", to begin a day highlighted by the transfer of equipment and supplies to the station from Discovery and from the pressurized cargo carrier the shuttle brought into space.
The wakeup music was for Discovery Commander Scott Horowitz from his wife.
The Expedition Two crew became members of Discovery's crew yesterday after Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson and cosmonauts Mikhail Tyurin and Vladimir Dezhurov transferred their personal seat liners to the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station, officially beginning the third Expedition aboard the orbital outpost.
Several tons of equipment, food and supplies for the new station crew will be unloaded today from the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which was attached to the Unity module of the station yesterday. The two Expedition crews will begin extensive discussions today in a handover of operations, enabling the new residents to familiarize themselves with station systems and life on board the expanding complex.
Later today, Usachev and Dezhurov will spend some time loading updated software into the computers of the Zvezda Service Module. The new software is designed to create greater efficiency in Russian commanding of systems in their segment of the station.
Discovery also will perform a reboost of the station this afternoon, increasing its average altitude by around two statute miles. At 2 p.m. Usachev and Culbertson will discuss the progress of the flight with three television networks in a series of interviews to be broadcast on NASA Television.
Discovery and the station are orbiting at an average altitude of about 244 statute miles, orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes. The next status report will be issued about 6 p.m., or earlier, if events warrant.
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