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5:30 a.m. CST Monday, March 1, 2011
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
03.01.11
 
STATUS REPORT : STS-133-10
 
 
STS-133 MCC Status Report #10
 
 
HOUSTON – By the end of the day, the International Space Station will have an extra 2,472 cubic feet of storage space, following the installation of the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module.

Discovery’s crew members got their wake-up call to begin flight day 6 at 4:57 a.m. CST, to the tune of “Happy Together” by The Turtles. The song was played for Mission Specialist Steve Bowen, who completed his sixth spacewalk on Monday.

Preparations for the second spacewalk of the mission will occupy several hours of Bowen’s and fellow spacewalker Alvin Drew’s time, culminating with a crew-wide procedure review and another overnight campout inside the Quest airlock.

But first, Mission Specialists Mike Barratt and Nicole Stott will use the station’s 58-foot robotic arm to remove the Leonardo module from Discovery’s cargo bay and fly it to an installation on the Earth-facing port of the Unity node. That work is scheduled to begin just after 7 a.m. and wrap up by 9:38 a.m.

With the decision that a focused inspection of Discovery’s heat shield won’t be necessary, extra space opened up in the crew’s day. As a result, they’re now scheduled to enter Leonardo for the first time today. Pilot Eric Boe is scheduled to be the first to float in, just before 6 p.m.

Barratt and Stott, along with Commander Steve Lindsey and station Commander Scott Kelly, will also take time out of their duties to talk with reporters back on Earth at 3:23 p.m. They’ll be interviewed by KTRK-TV of Houston, and KING-TV and KOMO-TV, of Washington, Barratt’s home state.

The next status report will be issued near the end of the crew’s day or earlier if warranted. The crew’s sleep period is scheduled to begin at 8:23 p.m.
 

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