11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STS-128 MCC Status Report #18
HOUSTON – The astronauts aboard the International Space Station and space shuttle Discovery turn their focus to final packing today. After nearly seven days of busy joint activities and three spacewalks, the shuttle crew will also get a half-day off.

The crew awoke at 10:35 a.m. to “Rocket” performed by Andrew Peterson. The song was played for Mission Specialist Pat Forrester.

Shuttle commander Rick Sturckow, pilot Kevin Ford, Forrester and mission specialists Jose Hernandez, Danny Olivas, Tim Kopra and Christer Fuglesang are slated to spend the morning packing up the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module with supplies and equipment that will be returned to Earth. They will also install control panels on the Node 2 common berthing mechanism.

Their station counterparts, Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineers Mike Barratt, Nicole Stott, Roman Romanenko, Robert Thirsk and Frank De Winne will assist with the transfer and perform station maintenance.

Early in the crew day, Kopra and Olivas have time set aside for a media opportunity with journalists from Texas and the military. At 12:54 p.m., their interviews with KFOX-TV, KXAN-TV and the Military Times will air live on NASA TV.

Toward the end of the crew day, European Space Agency astronauts Fuglesang and De Winne will join in the Columbus module for a special event with representatives from Sweden. The event will air on NASA TV as they speak with former ESA astronaut Jean Francois Clervoy, Lotta Bouvain of Swedish television, Swedish Minister for Education Jan Björklund, American Finnish journalist and talk show host Mark Levengood, and Swedish opera singer Malena Ernman.

The next shuttle status report will be issued near the end of the crew’s workday, or earlier if events warrant. The station crew is due to go to sleep about 2 a.m. Monday and the shuttle crew follows thirty minutes later.

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