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NASA NEWS

4 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 9, 2006
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

07.09.06
STATUS REPORT: STS-121-10

STS-121 MCC Status Report #10

Continued unloading of the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module will be the focus of the Space Shuttle Discovery and International Space Station’s crew today. Some preparations for the second spacewalk, on Monday, also are on today's plan.

The Discovery crew was awakened at 2:08 a.m. CDT with “I Have a Dream,” by ABBA, for shuttle pilot Mark Kelly. It was requested by his children. The station’s crew woke up at 2:38 a.m. CDT for the third day of joint operations.

Every member of the two crews would have at least some involvement in the cargo activities throughout the day. Mission specialist Stephanie Wilson is leading the transfer effort, which will ultimately relocate the more than 7,400 lbs of equipment and supplies that were brought up in the cargo module named “Leonardo” and 1,800 lbs from the shuttle’s middeck.

Flight controllers reported that 14 percent of equipment and supplies from the MPLM has already been transferred, including the Minus Eighty Lab Freezer and the 1,400 lb Oxygen Generation System that will expand the station’s ability to support up to six crewmembers. Six percent of equipment from the shuttle’s middeck has been relocated thus far.

All nine crewmembers will participate in a joint news conference that will air on NASA TV at 10:48 a.m. CDT. They will field questions from U.S. media at NASA centers and journalists at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany.

Throughout the day, Mission Specialists Mike Fossum and Piers Sellers will work on post- and pre-extravehicular activity tasks. The two completed the first spacewalk of the mission on Saturday and are preparing for the second, scheduled for Monday. They will make configurations to the Quest Airlock and prepare the tools needed for this second trip into the vacuum of space. The rest of the Discovery's crew, Commander Steve Lindsey, Kelly, Wilson, and Mission Specialist Lisa Nowak will all participate in an EVA procedures review.

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

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