Status Report

NASA STS-134 Report #10 Friday, May 20, 2011 – 9:30 p.m. CDT

By SpaceRef Editor
May 20, 2011
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NASA STS-134 Report #10  Friday, May 20, 2011 – 9:30 p.m. CDT

Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

HOUSTON – The combined crew of the International Space Station and space shuttle Endeavour will work together to perform robotics and prepare for the mission’s second spacewalk.

The Endeavour crew of Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg Johnson, and Mission Specialists Mike Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Roberto Vittori and Andrew Feustel and Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan woke at 8:26 p.m. to “In View” performed by Tragically Hip. The song was played for Feustel.

The remainder of the Expedition 27 crewmembers, including Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Andrey Borisenko, Cady Coleman, Alexander Samokutyaev and Paolo Nespoli, will awaken at 1:01 a.m.

Johnson, Vittori, and Feustel start the day with robotics, configuring the robotic arms and orbiter boom for the focused inspection activities. Johnson and Vittori continue with robotics and are joined by Fincke to perform a focused inspection of a small area of damage on the shuttle’s underside.

Feustel will join Chamitoff to work on the spacesuits which were used in the first spacewalk. They will install batteries and make configurations to the airlock. They will also configure Chamitoff’s spacesuit to dry out, as increased moisture in the suit is suspected to be the cause of a carbon dioxide sensor issue that caused them to end today’s extravehicular activity early.

At 6:11 a.m., the combined crews will join together in the Kibo module for a special call from Pope Benedict XVI. The event, being conducted from The Vatican, will air live on NASA television.

The crew members will also join for a review of the next spacewalk’s procedures. Fincke and Feustel will perform that spacewalk and will spend the night in the airlock in preparations for that activity.

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

SpaceRef staff editor.