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11 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
09.02.09
STATUS REPORT : STS-128-11
STS-128 MCC Status Report #11
HOUSTON – Key research facilities that were delivered today will play a role in future discoveries as the bustling International Space Station matures into a fully outfitted orbiting laboratory.

The Fluids Integrated Rack, Materials Science Research Rack-1 and Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer-2 were transferred from the Leonardo logistics module and installed in the U.S. Destiny Laboratory.

STS-128 Commander Rick Struckow, Pilot Kevin Ford and Mission Specialists Pat Forrester, Jose Hernandez and Christer Fuglesang pitched in for the transfers, as did Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Frank De Winne.

Meanwhile, Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Mike Barratt installed and outfitted the third of four planned NASA crew quarters. His crewmate, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk, will be the first to enjoy the privacy of the new compartment. Thirsk ferried food and supplies from Leonardo into the station.

The newest station crewmember, Nicole Stott, had time to orient herself in her new home, and joined De Winne for two hours of training related to the upcoming arrival of Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle, set to launch Sept. 10.

Spacewalkers Danny Olivas and Fuglesang will camp out in the Quest airlock overnight to acclimate their bodies for a spacewalk to swap ammonia tanks used to keep the station cool. The second spacewalk of the mission is scheduled to begin about 4:19 p.m. CDT Thursday. They also readied spacesuits and tools, and went over the spacewalk plan with their colleagues.

Olivas and Hernandez were interviewed by reporters with CNN Espanol, Televisa Mexico and KCRA-TV, and answered questions submitted by the public via Twitter and YouTube.

The crew is due to go to sleep about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, and awaken about 11:30 a.m. The next shuttle status report will be issued after the crew awakens or earlier if events warrant.

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