Expedition One Log Entries for March 18-19
SHIP'S LOG 18-19 MAR
We started this
morning thinking that this was going to be a relaxed schedule, but the
pace of the day keeps accelerating. The MPLM loading plan is coming together,
and it looks like the changes to the cargo load are minimal. We are pretty
surprised, however, when the laundry bags and dry trash bags get offloaded
as we don't have enough " margin". The operational utility of
the entire week with "Leonardo" could have been greatly increased
if we had more flexibility how to put cargo in it. There are also many
small details regarding outfitting which, if changed, would simplify the
act of bringing the MPLM aboard and making it ready. Grounding straps
is an example. In order to put the grounding straps on, two passive CBM
guides have to be removed. Plus the straps have to be fitted up and bent
to shape to line up the fasteners. The whole process takes at least 30
minutes. Some kind of jumper cable, such as a battery booster cable, which
would just clamp to the metal fittings on both sides of the docking ring,
would cut the time for this work to near zero. Isolating RACU/DDCU power
cables, putting in IMV jumpers, dealing with the "O" rings are
all activities which probably have more straightforward yet satisfactory
solutions which would help us configure more quickly.
Sergei gets a run in on the TVIS, and it is making its clacking noise again. Yuri follows with a session, and a piece of slat breaks off and gets caught in the rear cover, and comes completely out of the tread. We take pictures and send them down. TVIS is out of commission until the long tread slat replacement procedure can be run.
We spent the rest of the day configuring DAUI's, doing the CBCS test, taking condensate samples, operating Chibis, shooting some more IMAX, and talking about more of the outstanding handover items. We think we even found some answers as to why the DZUS fasteners are hanging up----But it is time to leave these details to the next crew.
On the eve of Expedition One's departure from the station, we would like to thank the many individuals who have supported our mission-the fellow astronauts and cosmonauts who have flown up and assembled pieces of hardware, and the many hundreds--even thousands in the control centers on the ground who have made "Alpha" a reality. We will remember this time always as a most special episode in our lives and as a highlight of our space programs.
To this end, it is a tradition for the skipper of the first crew aboard a new vessel to designate those individuals who are to be considered "Plankowners":
All Astronauts, and Cosmonauts, who flew on Space Station Alpha for the purpose of building or operating the station; and all Flight Directors, Flight Controllers, and Operations Personnel who controlled Space Station "Alpha" in space, from the initial launch of Zarya Nov. 1998 until the end of the First Expedition 19 March 2001, are hereby designated as Space Station Alpha "Plankowners". All rights and privileges, such as are accorded by custom aboard naval ships, shall be conferred on said individuals.
We are on a true space "ship" now, making her way above any Earthly boundary. We are not the first crew to board "Alpha", or the last to depart. But we have made "Alpha" come alive. We gave her a name, and put substance to the ideas -
That our crews can work together as equals--And our countries as partners.
That we may proceed with bolder and more enterprising voyages in space-with benefit from our differences, and with stronger purpose in our common goals.
We pass to your care "Alpha's" log--with the hope that many successful entries are recorded here---that explorations carried out onboard are prodigious, and discoveries wondrous. May the good will, spirit, and sense of "mission" we have enjoyed onboard--endure. Sail her well.
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