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STS-124 Discovery - Flight Day #8: JEM RMS Initial Deploy & JLP Outfitting



[RTF-1]-STS-114 Discovery • [RTF-2]-STS-121 Discovery
[01]-STS-115 Atlantis • [02]-STS-116 Discovery • [03]-STS-117 Atlantis
[04]-STS-118 Endeavour • [05]-STS-120 Discovery • [06]-STS-122 Atlantis
[07]-STS-123 Endeavour • [08]-STS-124 Discovery • [09]-STS-125 Atlantis
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[13]-STS-128 Discovery • [14]-STS-129 Endeavour • [15]-STS-130 Discovery
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STS-124 MCC Status Report #14 :: 5:30 a.m. CDT :: HOUSTON – The crew of Discovery began its eighth flight day this morning to the song “Taking Off.” It was performed by Godaigo and played for Mission Specialist Aki Hoshide. The first task on hand for the crew is a series of tests on Kibo’s robotic arm. These tests will include the robot arm’s hold and release mechanism. The crew also will perform an initial deploy of the 33-foot arm, which will involve a slight movement of the joints. This will be done in order to allow the arm to relax its position slightly and to ensure that mission specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan have adequate room for some of their tasks during their spacewalk on Sunday. The crew also will continue the outfitting of the vestibule between the new Kibo laboratory module, the Japanese Pressurized Module, and its logistics module, which was relocated yesterday. The hatch between the two modules is schedule to be opened on Monday. Discovery’s crew also will talk with news media representatives beginning at 1:02 p.m. CDT. The interviews, which will be carried live on NASA TV, will be with CNN, WCBS-TV and WDAY-TV. Later, at 6:02 p.m., Discovery Commander Mark Kelly and Hoshide will speak with dignitaries and students in Japan. That event also will be carried live on NASA TV, and will be replayed with English interpretation at 7:30 p.m. Garan and Fossum will review the procedures for their Sunday spacewalk, which will be the third and final of the mission. The two astronauts will spend the night camped out in the Quest airlock in preparation for that activity. The next status report will be issued at the end of the crew day, or earlier if events warrant.

STS-124 MCC Status Report #15 :: 7:00 p.m. CDT :: HOUSTON – Shuttle astronauts expanded the robotics capabilities on the station today, with the first tests and motions of the Japanese robotic arm. After heating up the arm yesterday and setting up its control console, today, mission specialists Akihiko Hoshide and Karen Nyberg sent commands to activate the Kibo robotic arm system's hold and release mechanism. About an hour later, the two initiated the first motion of the arm. At 11:39 a.m. they commanded a slight pitch down motion to validate the arm's operability. The move also ensured there would be sufficient space for the removal of launch locks and insulation from the arm's wrist and elbow cameras, a task scheduled for tomorrow’s spacewalk to be conducted by Mike Fossum and Ron Garan. Now, at the halfway point of the mission, the ten crew members gathered for an interview with reporters with CNN, WCBS-TV in New York and WDAY-TV in Fargo, N.D. Later, shuttle Commander Mark Kelly was joined by Hoshide for a special call from the Japanese dignitaries. Participants included Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda; Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Kisaburo Tokai; Director of Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) and NASA Astronaut Mamoru Mohri. U.S. Ambassador in Japan J. Thomas Shieffer and students also participated in the call to congratulate Hoshide and Kelly on the mission and the successful addition of the Kibo Laboratory. The crew continued internal outfitting of the new laboratory and transfer work and ended the day with a review of the procedures for tomorrow’s spacewalk. That extravehicular activity, or EVA, will now include a possible get-ahead task to collect samples of some of the powder-like substance Fossum observed on the left Solar Alpha Rotary Joint during the last spacewalk. The shuttle crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 8:32 p.m., thirty minutes after their space station counterparts. Both crews are scheduled to awaken at 4:32 a.m. Sunday. The next status report will be issued at the start of the crew day, or earlier if events warrant.

Tags: discovery, kibo, sts-124
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