Status Report

STS-105 Status Report #9 – 14 Aug 2001 – 6:00 PM CDT

By SpaceRef Editor
August 14, 2001
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By mid afternoon,

the entire contents of the Leonardo logistics module had been temporarily

stowed aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition Three

crew continued to learn about life on the orbiting complex.

During the day,

the shuttle’s thrusters were fired 240 times to subtlety boost the station’s

orbit by about 2 miles over the course of one hour. At least one more

30 minute-long reboost is planned before Discovery departs early next


Several tons of

equipment, food and supplies for the new station crew of Frank Culbertson,

Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin were moved to the station, while

the two Expedition crews began extensive discussions of operations,

enabling the new residents to familiarize themselves with station systems

and life on board the ISS.

Late in the day,

Expedition Two Commander Yury Usachev and Dezhurov updated software

in the computers of the Zvezda Service Module to create greater efficiency

in Russian commanding of systems in their segment of the station.

The Mission Control

wakeup call to the shuttle and station is scheduled for 4:10 a.m. CDT

Wednesday. The joint crews will continue to pack items in Leonardo for

the return trip home next week, while stowing those items now aboard

the station.

Discovery and the

station are orbiting at an average altitude of 244 statute miles, orbiting

the Earth every 90 minutes. The next status report will be issued about

6 a.m. Wednesday, or earlier, if events warrant.

SpaceRef staff editor.