Status Report

STS-109 Status Report #17 Friday, March 8, 2002 – 10:30 p.m. CST

By SpaceRef Editor
March 8, 2002
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STS-109 Extravehicular Activity

  • STS-109 Mission Guide
  • EVA Operations Reference

  • STS-109 EVA Timeline

  • Spacewalk Number One, Flight Day Four: Replace -V2 Solar Array and
    Diode Box Assembly, Install Diode Box Controller Cross Strap Harness

  • Spacewalk Number Two, Flight Day Five: Replace +V2 Solar Array and
    Diode Box Assembly and Reaction Wheel Assembly-1

  • Spacewalk Number Three, Flight Day Six: Replace Power Control Unit

  • Spacewalk Number Four, Flight Day Seven: Replace Faint Object Camera
    with the Advanced Camera for Surveys, Install Electronics Support Module
    and Perform Power Control Unit Cleanup Tasks

  • Spacewalk Number Five, Flight Day Eight: Install the Near-Infrared Camera
    and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) Cryogenic Cooler and NICMOS
    Cooling System Radiator

  • Columbia’s crew is preparing to bid a rejuvenated Hubble Space Telescope farewell following five days of spacewalks that have updated and enhanced the world’s greatest observatory.

    The crew completed five spacewalks on consecutive days, installing equipment that will give the telescope more energy, a new electronic "heart," and a camera more powerful than ever before. Columbia will release Hubble at about 4 a.m. CST Saturday, firing its engines soon after to separate the vicinity.

    Commander Scott Altman, Pilot Duane Carey and mission specialists John Grunsfeld, Nancy Currie, Rick Linnehan, Jim Newman and Mike Massimino aboard Columbia were awakened at 9:52 p.m. CST by “Who Made Who” by AC DC. The song was played for Carey.

    Activities in preparation for Hubble’s release will begin about 12:52 a.m. CST when Currie grips a fixture on the telescope with Columbia’s robotic arm. The latches that have held the telescope to a special support structure in the shuttle’s payload bay will be released at about 2:04 a.m. CST. Currie will then lift the telescope above the cargo bay to a position poised for release. Several systems checks will follow as ground controllers at the Space Telescope Operations Center, Greenbelt, Md., prepare the observatory to again fly free before it is finally released by the shuttle.

    After separating from the telescope, Columbia’s crew will take a break from duties at 7:03 a.m. CST to participate in interviews by the NBC Weekend Today Show, WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, Minn., and CNN.

    The crew will begin a sleep period at 11:52 a.m. CST Saturday. The next mission status report will be issued Saturday afternoon, or as events warrant.

    SpaceRef staff editor.