8 a.m. CST Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STS-126 MCC Status Report #26
After Thanksgiving dinner with their hosts on the International Space Station, the seven members of the space shuttle Endeavour crew will board their spacecraft, close its hatches and make final preparations for Friday’s undocking.

Endeavour crew members, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Don Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff, were awakened at 6 a.m. CST. The song was “Hold On Tight” by the Electric Light Orchestra. It was for Piper.

The crews will have most of their morning off. After the free time shuttle crew members will talk with representatives of, KYW-TV in Philadelphia and KOIN-TV in Portland, Ore.

Then they’ll share the Thanksgiving meal with Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineers Yury Lonchakov and Sandra Magnus. On the menu are smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, green beans and mushrooms, candied yams and cranapple dessert.

The Multipurpose Logistics Module Leonardo has been loaded with items for return to Earth and is in the shuttle cargo bay. After the last few items are transferred from the station to Endeavour’s middeck, Ferguson and Pettit will check out rendezvous tools. A little before 5 p.m., the station and shuttle crew members will say farewell to one another and close hatches between the two vehicles.

Shuttle crewmembers will install the centerline camera that gave them a view of their docking port as they approached the station. It will provide a similar view as they depart.

After leak checks, the shuttle astronauts will begin their scheduled eight-hour sleep period at 8:55 p.m. Their Friday wakeup call at 4:55 a.m. will begin a day that will see undocking from the station at 8:47 a.m., a flyaround of the station beginning about half an hour later, and the shuttle’s departure from the area of the station about 11:15 a.m.

The next shuttle status report will be issued at the end of the crew day, or earlier if events warrant.

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