Status Report

NASA STS-133 Report #18 Saturday, March 5, 2011 – 2:30 a.m. CST

By SpaceRef Editor
March 5, 2011
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NASA STS-133 Report #18  Saturday, March 5, 2011 – 2:30 a.m. CST

Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

HOUSTON – The crews of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will divide and conquer today, as the astronauts work on several different projects on orbit.

The crews started their day at 2:24 a.m., with a wakeup call in the form of Bowling for Soup’s “Ohio (Come Back to Texas),” which was played for the whole crew.

Flight Day 10 is the second of two days added to the mission to allow the extra helping hands brought up by space shuttle Discovery more time to assist the International Space Station crew with maintenance work and getting the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module unpacked and ready for life on orbit.

Boe, shuttle Commander Steve Lindsey, Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen and Nicole Stott will be working inside the Leonardo module again with station Flight Engineer Cady Coleman. Today they’ll be unpacking the module, removing launch hardware and moving some of the packing materials into the Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle for disposal when the cargo vehicle undocks later this month.

Elsewhere in the station, Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli and Mission Specialist Michael Barratt will be working on the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly in the Destiny laboratory, bypassing a failed heater circuit. And station Commander Scott Kelly will be installing a new filter on the station’s Oxygen Generation Assembly.

The next status report will be issued at the end of the crew’s day or earlier if warranted. The crew is scheduled to begin their sleep period just before 6:30 p.m.

SpaceRef staff editor.