Mission Control Center
Status Report # 03
Friday, December 1, 2000 – 10:30 p.m. CST
astronauts spent much of Friday checking out equipment to be used
for Saturday’s docking with the International Space Station, subsequent
operations and three space walks. For much of the crew's day, their
gaining on the space station at about 500 statute miles each 90-minute
orbit of the
Jett, Pilot Mike Bloomfield and Mission Specialists Joe Tanner,
Marc Garneau and Carlos Noriega checked out systems they will use to
station’s first set of U.S. solar arrays. They tested the power
supply to the huge
solar array structure. Tanner and Noriega also checked the spacesuits
they will use
during three space walks, on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Garneau and Bloomfield
tested the shuttle’s robotic arm, performing a survey of
the payload bay using cameras attached to the arm, and checked out the
Vision System, a computerized visual system that helps the arm operator
distance and relative orientation of space station elements during assembly
Jett and Bloomfield
fired Endeavour's orbital maneuvering systems twice Friday, at
about 12:41 p.m. and 9:24 p.m., to bring the orbiter into the proper
the space station and close the gap between the two spacecraft. Endeavour
about 2,515 miles from the space station and now closing at a rate of
miles every orbit.
No problems were
reported aboard Endeavour as the shuttle sails toward a
docking with the ISS at 1:59 p.m. Central time Saturday.
On the International
Space Station, Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd,
Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev, continued preparations
for the arrival of Endeavour. Their unmanned Progress resupply vessel
undocked at 10:23 a.m. Central time Friday to clear a path for Endeavour’s
The Progress will be left in a parking orbit well away from the ISS
Endeavour’s visit, allowing flight controllers in Moscow and Houston
the option of
redocking it to the station after Endeavour departs.
One crew went to bed about 3:30 p.m. and will be awakened at
midnight to continue preparations to welcome the Endeavour astronauts.
station crew's wake-up call comes at the same time Endeavour's crew
abbreviated seven-hour sleep period. Endeavour’s astronauts will
after 7 a.m. Central time Saturday to begin their rendezvous procedures.
The next mission
status report will be issued at mid-morning Saturday or sooner if
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