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5 p.m. CST Monday, Feb. 15, 2010
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
02.15.10
 
STATUS REPORT : STS-130-16
 
 
STS-130 MCC Status Report #16
 
 
HOUSTON – The International Space Station and shuttle Endeavour crews continue with robotics and hardware relocation activities today. They will also prepare for the third and final spacewalk of the mission.

The crew awoke at 3:15 p.m. to “Parabola” performed by Tool for Mission Specialist Robert Behnken.

Endeavour Mission Specialists Nicholas Patrick and Behnken together with Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi will robotically maneuver the Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 from its location on the Harmony module to the now open port on the end of Tranquility. Using the station’s robotic arm, the crew will demate the PMA from the station at 5:59 p.m. and install it on Tranquility just after 7:30 p.m.

This move will provide an additional docking port for visiting spacecraft as well as provide additional debris shielding for Tranquility.

Meanwhile, shuttle pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialist Kathyrn Hire will focus on interior outfitting of the cupola, now in its permanent location. Mission Specialist Stephen Robinson will remove launch brackets used on Tranquility’s Low Temperature Loop (LTL) Pump Package Assembly (PPA) and Common Cabin Air Assembly (CCAA). Commander George Zamka will monitor the robotics activities and support TV and camera set up for the relocation activities.

After their midday meal, both crews will have off-duty time and exercise in their afternoon.

At the end of the crew day, most crew members will gather to review the procedures for the next spacewalk. Behnken and Patrick will spend the night in the Quest airlock as part of the “campout” protocol for that extravehicular activity.

The station crew’s bedtime is set for 6:44 Tuesday morning and the shuttle crew 30 minutes later. The next shuttle status report will be issued at the end of the crew day or as events warrant.

 

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