[sarex] STS-116 MCC Status Report #16
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Sun Dec 17 09:14:35 PST 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
9:30 a.m. CST Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STATUS REPORT: STS-116-16
STS-116 MCC Status Report #16
Astronauts will spend much of today getting ready for a fourth spacewalk
during Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station.
On Saturday, Mission Specialists Bob Curbeam and Expedition 14 Flight
Engineer Sunita Williams finished rewiring the International Space
Station during a 7-hour, 31-minute spacewalk.
After planned tasks had been completed smoothly and ahead of schedule,
they also shook a balky solar array wing in hopes of completing its
retraction. That helped gain some ground – the wing is about 65 percent
retracted, compared to less than 50 percent before the spacewalk. About
11 bays remain deployed, compared to about 17 before.
Managers decided Saturday afternoon to add that fourth spacewalk to
Discovery’s visit to the station. This one will be done by Curbeam, who
participated in all three of the previous spacewalks, and Christer
Fuglesang, a spacewalker on the first two. While Curbeam and Williams
were still outside Saturday, mission managers decided to add the
spacewalk, scheduled to start at 12:47 p.m. CST on Monday, and to add a
day to Discovery’s stay at the station.
Today the station’s Canadarm2 will be moved into position to support the
Monday spacewalk. Discovery’s arm will be used to provide camera views.
Discovery crew members will reconfigure spacesuits and transfer them to
the station’s Quest airlock. At 8:02 p.m., Discovery and station crews
will hold a procedure review for the spacewalk.
Curbeam and Fuglesang will begin an overnight “campout” in the airlock,
its pressure reduced to 10.2 psi. The crew goes to bed at 12:17 a.m.
Monday. The campout is part of a process to avoid any possibility of the
two spacewalkers developing decompression sickness in the relatively low
pressure of their spacesuits. The suits are pressurized to a little less
than 5 psi.
In other activities, transfer of equipment and supplies between the
spacecraft is about 70 percent complete. Crewmembers and flight
controllers believe it should be mostly finished after today’s work.
Shuttle crewmembers Commander Mark Polansky, Pilot Bill Oefelein and
Mission Specialists Nicholas Patrick, Curbeam, Fuglesang, Joan
Higginbotham and Thomas Reiter, were awakened at 8:17 a.m. CST to the
“Beautiful Blue Danube" performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
The music was for Fuglesang.
The next STS-116 status report will be issued Sunday evening, or earlier
if events warrant.
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