Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 4:30 a.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STS-124 MCC Status Report #20
HOUSTON – The crew of Discovery has begun its last day of joint operations with the International Space Station.
Crew members were awakened at 3:32 a.m. CDT by "All Because of You," performed by U2. It was played for Mission Specialist Ron Garan.
The crew will spend the morning configuring a backup drive for the Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm. The astronauts also will be enjoying a couple of hours of off-duty time today after several busy days on orbit.
International Space Station Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff and Discovery Mission Specialist Garrett Reisman (whom Chamitoff replaced as a station crew member) will speak with NBC News, KGO Radio and Fox News Radio this afternoon. Those interviews will air live on NASA TV at 1:10 p.m.
At 2:57 p.m. CDT, the crews of Discovery and Expedition 17 are due to say goodbye to each other. Hatches between the two spacecraft will be closed shortly thereafter.
Crew members will do a series of leak checks before going to sleep for the evening. Discovery's crew begins its sleep period at 7:02 p.m.
Undocking from the International Space Station is set for Wednesday at 6:42 a.m.
The next status report will be issued at the end of the crew’s day, or earlier if events warrant.
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