Wednesday, November 19, 2008
SLN: Up to the Minute, I'm Charles Atkeison. Crews abaord the international space station today moved new racks of science gathering equipment from the recently docked Leonardo module to the American Destiny module as NASA's self-proclaimed Home Improvement mission continues.
Both Endeavour and the space station crews awoke at 8:55 am ET by a recording of Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man". It was selected for pilot Eric Boe. "I'd like to thank my family for the song and we're ready to continue making extreme home improvements," Boe told mission control minutes later.
The 10 person international crew moved racks in to Destiny and set those up, followed by new crew quarters into the Harmony module and suppy transfers. All of this to support a station crew of six for several months beginning this May.
Astronauts Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Robert Shane Kimbrough spent midday checking out their spacesuits or EMU's, and the tools needed for tomorrow's spacewalk. They also worked the timeline - detail by detail - to ensure updates by mission control were covered.
The space station-shuttle Endeavour complex is orbiting the earth every 91 minutes at a mean altitude of 213 statue miles. At a MET+ 4 days, 20 hours, 20 minutes.