Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 1:15 a.m. CST
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STS-122 MCC Status Report #20
HOUSTON – The seven-member crew of Atlantis will complete the final cargo transfers, wrap up their part in the installation and activation of the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory, and then bid farewell to the Expedition 16 crew this morning.
Farewells are scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m., followed by hatch closing at 11:30 a.m.
The wakeup call for the crew’s final full docked day came at 12:45 a.m. Mission Specialist Stan Love was treated with “Hail Thee, Harvey Mudd,” the Harvey Mudd College anthem written by Amy Lewkowicz. Love is a 1987 graduate of the Claremont, Calif., private math, science and engineering college.
Overnight Atlantis transferred 92 pounds of oxygen to the station’s Quest airlock tank. In addition, a final leak check of the vestibule between the Harmony and Columbus modules was done.
The most important transfer completed is the return of astronaut Dan Tani. Tani, who joined the station’s Expedition 16 crew in October, is being replaced by European Space Agency Astronaut Leopold Eyharts, who arrived at the station with the STS-122 crew. Eyharts will finish commissioning Columbus.
In addition to delivering the Columbus laboratory to the orbital outpost, Atlantis’ astronauts performed three spacewalks to prepare the module for its scientific work, replaced an expended nitrogen tank on the station and retrieved a failed control moment gyroscope for return to Earth.
Atlantis’ crew is scheduled to leave the space station on Monday, with undocking slated for 3:26 a.m. that day.
The next STS-122 status report will be issued this afternoon after the mission status briefing or earlier if events warrant.
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