Endeavour's crew will turn its attention to a return trip home today as they prepare for a possible landing Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Weather permitting, Endeavour is scheduled for a landing at 2:48 p.m. central time Wednesday.
The crew will spend its day stowing away equipment and hardware, and preparing their vehicle for its high-speed reentry. With a landing tomorrow, the returning Expedition Five crew - Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev -will have spent 182 days in space. Approximately 2,203 pounds of equipment and experiments from the International Space Station will also return home aboard Endeavour.
Over the course of an 11-day mission, the STS-113 crew - Commander Jim Wetherbee, Pilot Paul Lockhart and Mission Specialists Mike Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington - Whitson, Korzun and Treschev, and the Expedition Six crew of Commander Ken Bowersox, NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit and Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin, combined to install the new P1 truss to the station, perform three spacewalks to outfit and activate the truss, and transfer supplies and equipment between the two spacecraft.
Preliminary weather forecasts for tomorrow's landing in Florida indicate the possibility of clouds and rain showers in the vicinity of the landing site. Flight controllers will continue to watch weather conditions and receive updated briefings throughout the day today.
About 2 p.m. today, Endeavour's crew will take time to discuss the successful mission with CBS "Up to the Minute," TV-E Spain and Tulsa World newspaper. Aboard the space station, Bowersox, Pettit and Budarin are spending their 10th day in space unpacking the 2,135 pounds of supplies and equipment brought to the station by Endeavour.
The next STS-113 mission status report will be issued Tuesday evening or earlier if events warrant.
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