STS-126 MCC Status Report #14
9 a.m. CST Friday, Nov. 21, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
After completing a spacewalk Thursday Endeavour and International Space Station crew members will work today on getting ready for another spacewalk Saturday, transferring material between the station and the shuttle and other tasks.
Endeavour crew members, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe and mission specialists Don Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff, and the station crew, Commander Mike Fincke and flight engineers Yury Lonchakov and Sandra Magnus, were awakened at 8:05 a.m. CST.
The music was for Piper. The song was in the Ukrainian language, which she learned as a child. It was “Unharness Your Horses, Boys,” a traditional song about Cossacks performed by The Ukrainians.
In addition to moving equipment and supplies, today’s schedule includes a reboost of the station by Endeavour, a news conference with shuttle and station crew members, some off-duty time for all crew members and preparations for Saturday’s spacewalk.
The reboost is scheduled for 11:10 a.m. Plans call for Endeavour to add about three feet per second to the station’s velocity.
At 2:05 p.m. all 10 crew members will gather in the Harmony node of the station for the 40-minute joint news conference. They will field questions from journalists at participating NASA centers.
Crew members will have an hour for the mid-day meal. Just afterward they will have an hour of free time, beginning at 4:05 p.m.
Today’s spacewalk preparations will include tool assembly, a spacewalk procedures review and the beginning of the campout in the Quest airlock for the spacewalkers. Spacewalkers Piper and Bowen are scheduled to leave the station’s Quest airlock at 12:45 p.m. Saturday on the mission’s third spacewalk. They will clean and lubricate the starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint and replace some of its bearing assemblies.
Endeavour’s crew is scheduled to go to bed at 11:55 p.m. today and be awakened at 7:55 a.m. Saturday. The next shuttle status report will be issued at the end of the crew day, or earlier if events warrant.
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