Science operations aboard Columbia continue to go smoothly as the STS-94 crew continue their around-the-clock work with the Microgravity Science Laboratory experiments.
Red team crew members Commander Jim Halsell, Pilot Susan Still, Mission Specialist Don Thomas and Payload Specialist Greg Linteris were awakened just before midnight to begin their sixth day of on-orbit activities.
Halsell continues to do status checks and video documentation of some experiments while Still has been overseeing various orbiter systems. The two red team science members, Thomas and Linteris were given a half day off in their work schedule. Half days off are a standard practice in long duration Space Shuttle flights so that the crew will remain well-rested and operate at peak efficiency during longer spaceflights.
During the morning period, while Linteris took time off, Thomas worked with the Large Isothermal Furnace experiment and the Glovebox unit. In the afternoon while Thomas relaxes, Linteris will work with the Combustion Module and the Large Isothermal Furnace.
The Blue team, Payload Commander Janice Voss, Mission Specialist Mike Gernhardt and Payload Specialist Roger Crouch will be awakened just after 11 a.m. this morning to begin their sixth day of science operations. A few hours later, the red team will begin an eight-hour sleep period just after 3 p.m.
Later today, Gernhardt and Crouch will conduct an interview with NBC Nightside. The interview is scheduled to take place at 11:42 p.m. CDT Sunday evening.
Columbia’s systems continue to operate properly, providing a stable platform for microgravity science operations as the Shuttle circles the Earth every 90 minutes
The next STS-94 status report will be issued about 6 p.m. central time.
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