Status Report

STS-105 Status Report #21 – 21 Aug 2001 – 5:00 AM CDT

By SpaceRef Editor
August 21, 2001
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With Discovery

500 miles ahead of the International Space Station, and increasing that

distance by more than 50 miles with each orbit of the Earth, the STS-105

and returning Expedition Two crewmembers are preparing for a Wednesday

landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Discovery Commander

Scott Horowitz, Pilot Rick Sturckow, and Mission Specialists Pat Forrester

and Dan Barry, along with Expedition Two crewmembers Commander Yury

Usachev, and Astronauts Jim Voss and Susan Helms, were awakened at 3:10

a.m. CDT to the sounds of ìEast Bound and Downî by Jerry Reed, at the

request of their Houston-based training team.

Activities on

board Discovery will focus on tomorrowís planned return trip to Earth

as the astronauts stow away the equipment and hardware used during their

mission and verify the performance of Discoveryís landing systems. Horowitz,

Sturckow and Barry will conduct the standard day-before-landing checkouts

of the flight control surfaces, the rudder and flaps that will control

the shuttle during its descent through the atmosphere.

Later in the day,

they will set up three recumbent seats on Discoveryís middeck for use

by the returning Expedition Two crewmembers during Wednesdayís re-entry.

The seats are designed to minimize the forces of reentry after their

more than five months in space.

Expedition Three

crewmembers Frank Culbertson, Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin,

were awakened about 12:30 a.m. to begin their first day alone aboard

the space station. The dayís plan includes activation and checkout of

Express Rack 4 – one of two scientific racks for the U.S. laboratory

Destiny delivered during STS-105 – exercise and a review of plans for

unloading the next Russian unpiloted cargo carrier, Progress 5, scheduled

to arrive at the station Thursday morning.

Crewmembers also

activated the current Progress vehicle, docked at the rear of the stationís

Zvezda module, before closing the hatches that connect it to the station.

Progress 4 is scheduled to be undocked from the station shortly after

1 a.m. Wednesday. The new Progress supply ship – Progress 5 – was launched

on a Soyuz rocket at 4:24 a.m. today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in

Kazakhstan and is scheduled to dock at the station about 5 a.m. Thursday

with its cargo of fuel, food and equipment.

Discovery is circling

the Earth every 90 minutes at an average altitude of about 240 statute

miles. Systems aboard the shuttle and the International Space Station

are functioning well. The next mission status report will be issued

about 6 p.m. today, or as events warrant.

SpaceRef staff editor.