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Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 12:30 p.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STS-123 MCC Status Report #26
HOUSTON – After 13 busy days in space, the crew of space shuttle Endeavour will get some downtime today before bidding farewell to the International Space Station tomorrow.

The crews’ morning off started at 11:28 a.m., when their wake up call came in the form of the Newsboys song, “I am Free.” The song was played for Mission Specialist Mike Foreman and performed by the Praise Team at his church.

After a morning of free time and calls home, the crew will come back together for its midday meal and then spend the afternoon checking out tools for tomorrow’s undocking and transferring spacewalk equipment back to the shuttle.

At 10:18 p.m., they’ll pause in those activities and come together again, this time for the traditional joint crew news conference. Both the shuttle and station crews will take questions from American and Japanese reporters, as well as from Radio France. Afterward, they’ll document their stay at the station with an official crew photograph.

Before going to bed for the night, Mission Specialist Takao Doi will be activating the Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment, or RIGEX. The experiment will take place in the shuttle’s cargo bay while the crew sleeps. It’s designed to test and collect data on inflated and rigid structures in space by heating and cooling inflatable tubes to form structurally stiff tubes.

The next STS-123 status report will be issued near the end of the crew’s day at about 3 a.m. Monday, or earlier if events warrant.

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