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12 a.m. CDT Sunday, May 23, 2010
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
05.23.10
STATUS REPORT : STS-132-18
STS-132 MCC Status Report #18
HOUSTON – After more than seven days of working together, including three spacewalks and the installation of a new module, the International Space Station and shuttle crews part ways today.

The Atlantis crew woke at 11:50 p.m. Saturday to “These Are Days” performed by 10,000 Maniacs. The song was played for Pilot Tony Antonelli.

Before they part, the combined crews of shuttle Commander Ken Ham, Antonelli, Mission Specialists Michael Good, Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen and Piers Sellers, and Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Mikhail Kornienko, Soichi Noguchi, and T.J. Creamer, will gather one last time in the space station for a joint news conference. They will take questions from reporters in the United States and in Tokyo, Japan. The event will air on NASA TV at 5:25 a.m.

The crews will then gather the last items for transfer, and then gather for their farewells and close the hatches between the two spacecraft. Undocking is planned for 10:22 a.m.

Once backed safely away from the complex, Antonelli will perform a flyaround of the station. The shuttle crew will record views of the station during the planned 1.5 revolutions of the station. The shuttle will slowly increase its distance, but stay within range that it is able to redock to the orbiting laboratory if needed.

The next status report will be issued after the end of the crew workday or earlier if events warrant.

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