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3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
09.06.09
STATUS REPORT : STS-128-19
STS-128 MCC Status Report #19
The 13 crew members aboard space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station completed final transfer work between the two spacecraft Sunday in preparation for Monday afternoon’s scheduled return of the high-tech moving van “Leonardo” back to the orbiter’s payload bay.

With Leonardo packed with items for return to Earth, the crew planned to spend some free time together this evening before Monday’s careful return of the Italian-built logistics module to Discovery for return home and refurbishment before it is used again to deliver more supplies to the station.

With seven days of docked operations behind them, the astronauts and cosmonauts prepared to say their goodbyes and close the hatches Monday about 9:30 p.m. CDT.

Earlier today, Danny Olivas and Tim Kopra talked about their missions with hometown television stations in El Paso and Austin, Texas, respectively. Kopra is returning home after nearly two months aboard the space station. Olivas performed three spacewalks outside the station on this mission and has performed five total accumulating more than 34 hours of spacewalking time.

Toward the end of the crew day, European Space Agency astronauts Christer Fuglesang and Frank De Winne will gather in the Columbus module for a special event with representatives from Sweden. The event will air on NASA TV as they speak with former ESA astronaut Jean Francois Clervoy, Lotta Bouvain of Swedish television, Swedish Minister for Education Jan Björklund, American Finnish journalist and talk show host Mark Levengood, and Swedish opera singer Malena Ernman.

The crews are scheduled to go to bed about 2 a.m. Monday followed by their musical wakeup call from Mission Control at 10:29 a.m. The next status report will be issued after that call.

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