DISCOVERY CREW WAKE UP (begins FD 14) (ORBIT #197 :: 02:02AM CDT) CABIN STOWAGE BEGINS (ORBIT #199 :: 05:07AM CDT) FCS CHECKOUT (ORBIT #199 :: 05:37AM CDT) RCS HOT-FIRE TEST (ORBIT #200 :: 06:47AM CDT) CREW DEORBIT PREPARATION BRIEFING (ORBIT #201 :: 09:22AM CDT) LIVE INTERVIEWS: CBS NEWS, WCBS RADIO + WINS RADIO (ORBIT #202 :: 10:52AM CDT) REISMAN'S RECUMBENT SEAT SET UP (ORBIT #204 :: 12:57PM CDT) MISSION STATUS BRIEFING (ORBIT #204 :: 01:00PM CDT) MARS PHOENIX LANDER BRIEFING (ORBIT #204 :: 02:00PM CDT) KU-BAND ANTENNA STOWAGE (ORBIT #205 :: 02:02PM CDT) DISCOVERY CREW SLEEP BEGINS (ORBIT #207 :: 05:32PM CDT)
STS-124 MCC Status Report #26 :: 3 a.m. CDT :: HOUSTON – The crew of Discovery has begun its last full day in orbit. Fittingly, the wake-up music was “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home,” performed by Louis Prima and Keely Smith. The song was played at 2:02 a.m. CDT for Mission Specialist Garrett Reisman. The crew will spend a large part of the day stowing away items in the crew cabin in advance of Saturday’s landing. They also are scheduled to test Discovery's flight control system, the flaps and rudder which will control the orbiter's flight through the atmosphere, a little before 5:40 a.m. Subsequently, at about 6:50 a.m., they will test the spacecraft's reaction control system jets, which control the shuttle's orientation before the flight control system becomes effective. Reisman’s recumbent seat will be set up on the mid-deck of the shuttle early this afternoon. This is a special reclining seat that helps returning Expedition crew members adjust to Earth’s gravity easier. At the end of the crew’s day, the astronauts also will stow the Ku-band antenna. The high-data-rate KU-band system transmits, among other things, television signals. The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 5:32 p.m. CDT. The next status report will be issued at the end of the crew’s day, or earlier if events warrant.
STS-124 MCC Status Report #27 :: 5 p.m. CDT :: HOUSTON – Discovery has been cleared for Saturday’s entry and landing at Kennedy Space Center on one of two opportunities at 10:15 a.m. or 11:50 a.m. Imagery experts declared the shuttle’s heat shield healthy and safe for entry and landing during Friday’s Mission Management Team meeting. The report followed extensive review of imagery obtained by using the Orbiter Boom Sensor System Wednesday after Discovery undocked from the International Space Station. The team also reviewed new imagery provided by Discovery’s crew of an object that was seen floating away from the vehicle Friday morning during the routine day-before-landing systems checkout to verify entry and landing system health. Engineers concluded the object was a heat shield clip from the rudder/speed brake on the orbiter’s tail used as a heat barrier during launch only and not a concern for entry. The crew also sent photographs of a perceived protrusion on the rudder/speed brake, but engineers quickly determined it is a normal feature of the tail’s heat shield and also not a concern for entry. To prepare for landing, Discovery’s crew members spent a large part of the day stowing items in the crew cabin as the tests of Discovery's flight control surfaces and reaction control system thrusters was ongoing. Both systems functioned well and are ready to support entry activities. With a large high pressure system in place off the North Carolina coast, forecasters are calling for only scattered clouds and light winds in Florida for landing attempts Saturday and, if needed, Sunday at the Kennedy Space Center. The crew is scheduled to go to sleep about 5:30 p.m. and awaken at 1:32 a.m. Saturday to begin landing day preparations. The next status report will be issued at the beginning of the crew’s day, or earlier if events warrant.