By mid afternoon, the entire contents of the Leonardo logistics module had been temporarily stowed aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition Three crew continued to learn about life on the orbiting complex.
During the day, the shuttle's thrusters were fired 240 times to subtly boost the station's orbit by about 2 miles over the course of one hour. At least one more 30 minute-long reboost is planned before Discovery departs early next week.
Several tons of equipment, food and supplies for the new station crew of Frank Culbertson, Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin were moved to the station, while the two Expedition crews began extensive discussions of operations, enabling the new residents to familiarize themselves with station systems and life on board the ISS.
Late in the day, Expedition Two Commander Yury Usachev and Dezhurov updated software in the computers of the Zvezda Service Module to create greater efficiency in Russian commanding of systems in their segment of the station.
The Mission Control wakeup call to the shuttle and station is scheduled for 4:10 a.m. CDT Wednesday. The joint crews will continue to pack items in Leonardo for the return trip home next week, while stowing those items now aboard the station.
Discovery and the station are orbiting at an average altitude of 244 statute miles, orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes. The next status report will be issued about 6 a.m. Wednesday, or earlier, if events warrant.
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