Status Report

NASA STS-133 Report #19 6 p.m. CST Saturday, March 5, 2011

By SpaceRef Editor
March 5, 2011
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NASA STS-133 Report #19  6 p.m. CST Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

HOUSTON – First they brought the Permanent Multipurpose Module into orbit, and today they continued work to unpack and reconfigure it.

Discovery astronauts are in the second of two docked days added to their stay at the International Space Station. They’re giving their station crew colleagues a leg up on outfitting and unloading cargo from the new PMM, Leonardo.

Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe, and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen and Nicole Stott and station Flight Engineer Cady Coleman spent most of their day in the new module. The movement of material from Leonardo to the station was virtually complete.

In addition to unpacking and working on Leonardo’s interior, they moved packing material into the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle for destruction on its re-entry after undocking later this month.

Station Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli and Mission Specialist Michael Barratt worked on the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly in the Destiny laboratory, bypassing a failed heater circuit. It was up and running.

Station Commander Scott Kelly worked to install a new filter on an Oxygen Generation Assembly. That job was almost complete.

“All in all, it was a great day in orbit,” said Royce Renfrew, lead station flight director.

Discovery astronauts’ sleep period is to begin at 6:23 p.m. CST, with a wakeup call set for 2:23 a.m. Sunday. The next status report will be issued after that wakeup call, or early if warranted.

SpaceRef staff editor.