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Saturday, August 6, 2005 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
08.06.05
STATUS REPORT: STS-114-24

STS-114 MCC Status Report #24

Discovery's astronauts will begin turning their attention toward coming back to Earth Monday by stowing equipment and verifying operation of the orbiter's flight control surfaces and system.

The crew was awakened at 7:39 p.m. CDT by "The One and Only Flower in the World" sung by the Japanese group SMAP. It was played for Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Commander Eileen Collins, Pilot Jim Kelly and Mission Specialist Steve Robinson, who also serves as Discovery's Flight Engineer, will checkout the orbiter's flight control system at 10:39 p.m. CDT. The three also will test the Reaction Control System with a hot fire of the jets at 11:49 p.m. CDT.

In the meantime, Noguchi, along with Mission Specialists Andy Thomas, Wendy Lawrence and Charlie Camarda will put away equipment that has been in use during the mission. Noguchi and Thomas will stow the Ku-band communications antenna at 8:19 a.m. CDT.

The entire group will gather on Discovery’s flight deck and take a moment to answer questions from reporters at 3:06 a.m. CDT.

After its departure Saturday, Discovery is now about 90 miles away from the International Space Station and increasing that gap by about 8 miles each time it orbits the Earth.

Onboard the Station, Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA Station Science Officer John Phillips are returning to their normal schedule, waking up at 1 a.m. CDT Sunday. They are enjoying a restful weekend after nearly 9 full days of work with the Shuttle crew.

Discovery's crew is scheduled for sleep at 11:39 a.m. CDT Sunday.

The final press briefing before entry is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. CDT Sunday. The next STS-114 mission status report will be issued Sunday afternoon, or earlier, if events warrant.

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