[sarex] Morgan, Drew Participate in Challenger Center Event
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*Morgan, Drew Participate in Challenger Center Event *
Astronauts Barbara Morgan and Alvin DrewImage above: Mission Specialists
Barbara R. Morgan, holding a Challenger crew patch, and Alvin Drew talk
with students at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in
Alexandria, Va. Image: NASA
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STS-118 crew members will hold class in space and transfer cargo between
the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Endeavour today.
Preparations for a possible spacewalk to repair a small ding in
Endeavour’s thermal protection system tiles will also occupy a
considerable part of today for the crew.
Mission managers have not decided that a repair spacewalk will be
needed. But to prepare for that possibility, the crew members will begin
to get ready to do the repair, should managers determine that is necessary.
The managers did decide to move the flight’s fourth spacewalk from
Friday to Saturday. If the repair isn’t done, that spacewalk will see
installation of two antennas and removal of one, installation of a
stowage stand for the shuttle’s orbiter boom sensor system and other tasks.
Mission Specialists Barbara Morgan and Alvin Drew participated in an
education event this morning with students at the Challenger Center for
Space Science Education in Alexandria, Va. Morgan, an educator who
became an astronaut, was first selected by NASA in 1985 as the backup to
Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe.
Following the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in 1986, Morgan
continued to work with NASA on educational activities and returned to
teaching elementary school in Idaho. She was selected as an astronaut by
NASA in 1998. Family members of the Challenger crew have been invited.
Morgan is being honored with the President George H.W. Bush Leadership
Award, the center’s top award.
Crew members will also talk at 10:16 a.m. with reporters representing
Associated Press Television, Reuters and Idaho Public Television. Both
events will air live on NASA TV.
The STS-118 and Expedition 15 crew will continue the cargo transfers
that began shortly after Endeavour docked Aug. 10. Endeavour delivered
supplies and equipment to the station, most of which were located in the
pressurized Spacehab module in the payload. Spacehab will carry items,
including science experiments, back to Earth.
This afternoon, the crews will enjoy some well-deserved time off.
*Mission Management Team Update*
Mission Control told Space Shuttle Endeavour’s crew Wednesday that
STS-118’s fourth spacewalk will be moved to Saturday. The decision gives
the STS-118 and Expedition 15 crew members an extra day to prepare for
the spacewalk, which was added to the mission after the STS-118 crew
arrived at the station.
Mission managers in Houston continue to consider whether a spacewalk
will be needed to repair a small gouge on Endeavour’s heat shield tiles.
Before going to bed Wednesday, the crew was informed that managers have
decided the next spacewalk will be moved from Friday to Saturday, but
that they haven’t decided whether Saturday’s spacewalk will be devoted
to tile repair or get-ahead tasks.
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