Status Report

STS-104 Mission Control Center Status Report # 03 Friday, July 13, 2001 – 6:00 a.m. CDT

By SpaceRef Editor
July 13, 2001
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The crew of the

Space Shuttle Atlantis spent its first full day in space closing in

on the International Space Station and testing the space suits and other

equipment that will be used later in the mission to install a new station


Commander Steve

Lindsey and Pilot Charlie Hobaugh fired Atlantis’ steering jets periodically

during the night to adjust the shuttle’s course toward the station.

Atlantis now is trailing the International Space Station by about 1,800

statute miles, closing the gap by 230 miles with each orbit of Earth,

on track to dock with the complex at about 9:53 p.m. Central. Astronauts

Mike Gernhardt and Jim Reilly powered up and tested the two space suits

they will wear during the three space walks planned to install the Airlock

Quest on the station after Atlantis arrives. Assisted by Hobaugh, they

also checked a third, spare suit that will be left aboard the station.

During the suit

checks, the crew noted a white substance in the vicinity of the spare

space suit’s battery. Mission Control instructed the crew to take several

standard precautionary measures, such as donning rubber gloves and turning

off several ventilation fans, as they cleaned the substance off of the

suit, swapped the suspect battery with a fresh one and changed the carbon

dioxide removal cartridge. The old battery was then stowed away, sealed

in leak-proof bags. The substance did no damage to the space suit and

it remains in excellent operating condition.

Mission Specialist

Janet Kavandi powered up Atlantis’ robotic arm, successfully checking

its operation and surveying the Quest airlock in the shuttle cargo bay

using television cameras on the arm. The shuttle’s robotic arm will

be used to maneuver the space walkers during their planned work outside

Atlantis and the station. The crew also powered up the shuttle’s docking

mechanism, preparing it for the linkup tonight.

Atlantis is in

an orbit with a high point of 235 miles and a low point of 182 miles,

circling Earth every 90 minutes. All of the shuttle’s systems are in

excellent condition.

Aboard the International

Space Station, Expedition Two crew Commander Yury Usachev, and Flight

Engineers Jim Voss and Susan Helms reviewed the schedule for Atlantis’

arrival later tonight. The shuttle and station crews will go to sleep

at about 8:04 a.m. The shuttle crew will awaken at 3:04 p.m. and the

station crew at 4:04 p.m. to begin the rendezvous and docking activities.

The next mission

status report will be issued about 6 p.m. today.

SpaceRef staff editor.