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STS-126 Endeavour : Flight Day #10 - Time Off, Chit-Chat, Transfer!, EVA-4 Prep



Crew Transferring Cargo, Preparing for Monday's Spacewalk :: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 06:12:10 AM PST — With another successful spacewalk completed Saturday, Endeavour crew members will get some off duty time today. They’ll also continue the shuttle-station transfer of equipment and supplies and get ready for Monday’s Spacewalk. Endeavour crew members, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe and mission specialists Don Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff, and the station crew, Commander Mike Fincke and flight engineers Yury Lonchakov and Sandra Magnus, got their wakeup music at 9:05 a.m. EST. The wakeup music this morning was Frankie Valli's “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” played for Ferguson.

STS-126 MCC Status Report #18 :: 11.23.08 - Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke will continue work Sunday on a system in the International Space Station's Destiny lab that converts urine and condensate into potable water. Endeavour and station crew members also will transfer equipment and supplies between the station and the shuttle and prepare for Monday’s final planned spacewalk. Endeavour crew members, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe and mission specialists Don Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff, and the Expedition 18 crew, Fincke and flight engineers Yury Lonchakov and Sandra Magnus, got their wakeup music at 8:05 a.m. CST. The music was “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” performed by Frankie Valli. It was for Ferguson. It was his 23rd wedding anniversary. Endeavour crew members will have as much as four hours of free time beginning a little after 11 a.m. Fincke is scheduled to spend some of that time on the Urine Processer Assembly. The UPA is part of the Water Recovery System, which recycles condensate and urine. The UPA has experienced several shutdowns during testing. Engineers believe vibration caused physical interference with the UPA’s centrifuge, resulting in increased current draw and temperatures and causing the shutdowns. They believe Fincke can fix the problem. Transfer activities continue to go well, with crew members a little ahead of schedule. At 3:05 p.m. Ferguson, Boe, Fincke and Magnus will gather in the station’s Harmony node to talk with media representatives. They’ll take questions from ABC News, CBS News and NBC News. Today’s spacewalk preparations include tool assembly, an hour-long spacewalk procedures review and the beginning of the campout in the Quest airlock for the spacewalkers. Bowen and Kimbrough are scheduled to leave the station’s Quest airlock at 12:45 p.m. Monday on the mission’s fourth spacewalk. During Monday's spacewalk, Bowen and Kimbrough will install a multi-layer insulation blanket from the station's Kibo module and complete other maintenance tasks. Bowen will install a final trundle bearing assembly on the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ) on the right side of the station while Kimbrough lubricates the SARJ on the left side. Endeavour’s crew is scheduled to go to bed at 11:55 p.m. today and be awakened at 7:55 a.m. Monday. The next shuttle status report will be issued at the end of the crew day, or earlier if events warrant.

STS-126 MCC Status Report #19 :: 11.23.08 - Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Endeavour Mission Specialist Don Pettit have proven their knack for detailed maintenance work during previous stays at the International Space Station and have once again put their skills to use. The Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) inside the Water Recovery System (WRS), which recycles condensate and urine onboard the station, has experienced several shutdowns during testing. Engineers believe motion of the centrifuge caused physical interference within the UPA, resulting in increased power draw and temperatures. Fincke and Pettit removed grommets from the UPA and hard-mounted it into the WRS rack. The grommets were serving as isolators to dampen vibrations from the centrifuge, but might have been allowing too much motion and causing the interference. Mission Control has been monitoring the UPA’s operation and it has been running normally for two hours without prematurely shutting down. Endeavour crew members enjoyed four hours of free time, Pettit choosing to join Fincke during that time to work on the UPA. Then transfer activities continued, with more than 76 percent of that work complete, as well as preparations for Monday’s spacewalk. Bowen and Kimbrough are scheduled to leave the station’s Quest airlock at 12:45 p.m. Monday on the mission’s fourth spacewalk and continue work on the station’s Solar Alpha Rotary Joints (SARJ). They both will remove insulating covers on the port SARJ and Kimbrough will follow through with its lubrication. Bowen will finish tasks on the starboard SARJ to install the final trundle bearing assembly. Bowen will install a multi-layer insulation blanket on the station's Kibo module that was removed during the first spacewalk. The cover is associated with the Exposed Facility Berthing Mechanism on Kibo, which has since been remotely tested from inside station, and the cover can be reinstalled. During that testing, however, one of the four latches did not close properly and Bowen will help complete the checkout procedure in person. Other tasks include installing a television camera on the port truss and a Global Positioning System antenna on Kibo that will be used for Japanese cargo craft arrivals. Endeavour’s crew is scheduled to go to bed at 11:55 p.m. today and be awakened at 7:55 a.m. Monday. The next shuttle status report will be issued after the crew awakens, or earlier if events warrant.

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