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Atlantis astronauts looking forward to half-day off
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: July 14, 2011


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The Atlantis astronauts, looking forward to a half day off after a busy week in space, pressed ahead Thursday with work to unload a cargo module packed with supplies and equipment for the International Space Station. The lab's Russian crew members planned to carry out a bit of mechanical surgery on a high-tech treadmill, installing a new gyroscope needed by its vibration isolation system.


Credit: NASA
 
The shuttle crew was awakened around 1:30 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe singing "Man on the Moon."

"Good morning, Atlantis, this is Michael Stipe from R.E.M.," the singer said in a message recorded before launch in Venice, Italy. "We wish you much success on your mission, and thank all the women and men at NASA who have worked on shuttle for three decades. From Earth, a very good morning to you."

"Good morning, Houston, and all we can say up here is wow," said Atlantis pilot Douglas Hurley. "We'd like to thank Mr. Michael Stipe for sending up that wonderful message and that great song. I know a lot of us up have been listening to R.E.M. for a long, long time and it's some of the greatest music. Also reminds us about the moon landing (anniversary) next week. We also echo his sentiments and thank all the great people who worked on this wonderful space shuttle. We're ready for another day in space and ready to get to work."

Space station Flight Director Courtenay McMillan said the astronauts were about halfway done with work to unload the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module that was carried aloft aboard Atlantis. Unloading the module is the crew's primary objective over the next several days, along with ongoing maintenance work.

"The Atlantis crew will be doing pretty much transfer all morning," said McMillan. "The Russian crew in the morning on the space station are going to be working on their treadmill. They have a gyroscope that stabilizes the treadmill and that needs to be replaced. The one that was in there failed some time ago and was removed, (it is) going to be returned on Atlantis and the new one is going in."

The shuttle-station crew plans to share what NASA is billing as "an all-American meal" around 8:20 a.m., enjoying grilled chicken, barbecue brisket, southwestern corn, baked beans and apple pie. Recipes, or "formulations," have been posted on NASA's website.

Two sets of round-robin media interviews are planned, the first at 6:59 a.m. and the second at 9:19 a.m. The combined 10-member shuttle-station crew plans to take their afternoon off starting at 9:44 a.m.

Video recorded by cameras on Atlantis' two solid-fuel boosters during launch last Friday will be shown on NASA television at 10 a.m., with replays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. NASA's daily mission status briefing is scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by another booster video replay at 5:30 p.m.

Here is an updated timeline of the crew's planned activities for flight day seven (in EDT and mission elapsed time; includes revision G of the NASA television schedule; best viewed with fixed-width font):


DATE/EDT...DD...HH...MM...SS...EVENT

07/14
12:45 AM...05...13...16...00...Flight director update on NASA TV
01:29 AM...05...14...00...00...Crew wakeup
01:45 AM...05...14...16...00...Flight director update replay
02:59 AM...05...15...30...00...ISS daily planning conference
03:24 AM...05...15...55...00...Gyro installation in Russian treadmill
04:04 AM...05...16...35...00...MPLM transfers resume
06:59 AM...05...19...30...00...WBBM-TV/KTVI-TV/KSDK-TV crew interviews
08:19 AM...05...20...50...00...Joint crew meal
09:19 AM...05...21...50...00...FOX Radio/KTVU-TV/WTXF-TV crew interviews
09:44 AM...05...22...15...00...Crew off duty
10:00 AM...05...21...31...00...Booster launch video on NASA TV
01:00 PM...06...01...31...00...Booster launch video replay
01:44 PM...06...02...15...00...ISS daily planning conference
03:00 PM...06...03...31...00...Booster launch video replay
03:59 PM...06...04...30...00...ISS crew sleep begins
04:29 PM...06...05...00...00...STS crew sleep begins
05:00 PM...06...05...31...00...Mission status briefing on NASA TV
05:30 PM...06...06...01...00...Booster launch video replay
06:00 PM...06...06...31...00...Flight day 7 highlights on NASA TV
09:00 PM...06...09...31...00..."The Space Shuttle" video on NASA TV
11:00 PM...06...11...31...00..."Launching our Dreams" video on NASA TV

07/15
12:29 AM...06...13...00...00...Crew wakeup

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VIDEO: WEDNESDAY MORNING FLIGHT DIRECTOR UPDATE PLAY

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VIDEO: TUESDAY'S MISSION STATUS BRIEFING PLAY
VIDEO: FINAL SHUTTLE-ERA SPACEWALK CONCLUDES PLAY
VIDEO: PROTECTIVE COVER PUT ON VACANT DOCKING PORT PLAY
VIDEO: FIXING SNAGGED WIRE ON ZARYA GRAPPLE FIXTURE PLAY
VIDEO: SPACEWALKER GOES SIGHT-SEEING HIGH ABOVE EARTH PLAY
VIDEO: SATELLITE SERVICING DEMONSTRATOR GIVEN TO DEXTRE PLAY
VIDEO: ROBOTIC REFUELING MISSION MOVED TO THE STATION PLAY
VIDEO: SPACEWALKERS SWAP POSITIONS ABOARD ROBOT ARM PLAY
VIDEO: PUMP STOWED IN ATLANTIS BAY FOR RETURN TO EARTH PLAY
VIDEO: STUNNING VIEWS OF ASTRONAUT RIDING ROBOT ARM PLAY
VIDEO: FAILED PUMP FREED FROM STORAGE BOX PLAY
VIDEO: SPACEWALK NO. 1 GETS UNDERWAY PLAY
VIDEO: STEP-BY-STEP PREVIEW OF SPACEWALK PLAY
VIDEO: TUESDAY MORNING FLIGHT DIRECTOR UPDATE PLAY

VIDEO: FLIGHT DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS REEL PLAY
VIDEO: MONDAY'S MISSION MANAGEMENT TEAM UPDATE PLAY
VIDEO: MONDAY'S MISSION STATUS BRIEFING PLAY
VIDEO: RAFFAELLO MODULE CONNECTED TO STATION PLAY
VIDEO: CARGO-DELIVERY MODULE UNBERTHED FROM ATLANTIS PLAY
VIDEO: ROBOT ARM GRAPPLES MODULE IN SHUTTLE BAY PLAY
VIDEO: MONDAY MORNING FLIGHT DIRECTOR UPDATE PLAY

VIDEO: FLIGHT DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS REEL PLAY
VIDEO: SUNDAY'S MISSION MANAGEMENT TEAM UPDATE PLAY
VIDEO: SUNDAY'S MISSION STATUS BRIEFING PLAY
VIDEO: ATLANTIS CREW WELCOMED ABOARD STATION PLAY
VIDEO: DOCKING OF SHUTTLE TO STATION AS SEEN LIVE PLAY
VIDEO: SHUTTLE ARCS OUT IN FRONT OF SPACE STATION PLAY
VIDEO: ATLANTIS PERFORMS THE 360-DEGREE BACKFLIP PLAY

VIDEO: FLIGHT DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS REEL PLAY
VIDEO: SATURDAY'S MISSION MANAGEMENT TEAM UPDATE PLAY
VIDEO: SATURDAY'S MISSION STATUS BRIEFING PLAY


VIDEO: FLIGHT DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS REEL PLAY
VIDEO: THE FULL STS-135 LAUNCH EXPERIENCE PLAY
VIDEO: SHUTTLE ATLANTIS BLASTS OFF! PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: GO INSIDE MISSION CONTROL DURING LAUNCH PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: THE POST-LAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE PLAY

VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: VAB ROOF PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: PRESS SITE PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: PAD PERIMETER PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: BEACH TRACKER PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: PAD FRONT CAMERA PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: PAD CAMERA 070 PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: PAD CAMERA 071 PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: UCS-23 TRACKER PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: WEST TOWER PLAY | HI-DEF

VIDEO: COUNTDOWN PREVIEW AND WEATHER FORECAST BRIEFING PLAY
VIDEO: ASTRONAUTS ARRIVE AT LAUNCH SITE PLAY
VIDEO: PRE-FLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS FERGUSON PLAY
VIDEO: PRE-FLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH DOUG HURLEY PLAY
VIDEO: PRE-FLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH SANDY MAGNUS PLAY
VIDEO: PRE-FLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH REX WALHEIM PLAY

VIDEO: SHUTTLE AND STATION PROGRAM BRIEFING PLAY
VIDEO: THE STS-135 MISSION OVERVIEW PRESENTATIONS PLAY
VIDEO: PREVIEW BRIEFING ON MISSION'S SPACEWALK PLAY
VIDEO: THE ASTRONAUTS' PRE-FLIGHT NEWS BRIEFING PLAY

VIDEO: CREW CHATS WITH PRESS AT LAUNCH PAD PLAY
VIDEO: ASTRONAUTS ARRIVE FOR PRACTICE COUNT PLAY | HI-DEF

VIDEO: HEAR FROM ATLANTIS' CREW DURING ROLLOUT PLAY
VIDEO: ATLANTIS ARRIVES ATOP LAUNCH PAD PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: CROWDS WITNESS FINAL SHUTTLE ROLLOUT PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: ROLLOUT FROM VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING PLAY | HI-DEF

VIDEO: HOISTING ATLANTIS TO TANK AND SRBS PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: ORBITER GOES VERTICAL PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: SLING CAPTURES ATLANTIS PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: ATLANTIS LEAVES PROCESSING HANGAR PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: ORBITER TRANSPORTER PICKS UP ATLANTIS PLAY | HI-DEF

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