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Cargo transfers the name of the game in space today
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: April 9, 2010


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The Discovery astronauts and their space station colleagues face a full "day" of work overnight Friday and early Saturday to transfer supplies and equipment from the Leonardo cargo module to the International Space Station.

"Everybody's going to be doing quite a bit of transfer tomorrow (Saturday)," said space station Flight Director Ed Van Cise. "We're going to continue to work on moving some of those big experiment racks out of the logistics module. ... At the end of the day, we're also getting ready to go do our second spacewalk (Sunday)."

Spacewalkers Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson, along with robot arm operator Stephanie Wilson, will participate in interviews early Saturday with CBS Radio and other media clients. An educational event with shuttle flight engineer Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, a former high school teacher, is planned for 10:36 a.m., followed by a mission status briefing. All three events will be carried live on NASA television.

The Italian-built Leonardo module carried aloft aboard Discovery was attached to the forward Harmony module's Earth-facing port early Wednesday. The module was loaded with more than 17,000 pounds of supplies, science equipment and other hardware needed aboard the space station.

Five of seven science and equipment racks were moved into the space station overnight Thursday and Friday. Early Saturday, the astronauts plan to move another experiment rack into the station - Express Rack 7 - and a darkroom-like enclosure that will fit around the Destiny lab module's porthole to improve Earth-observation photography and research.

"We are, overall, about 18 percent done with our transfer, yesterday being our first really big transfer day," Van Cise said earlier Friday. "We are about 68 percent done with transferring everything out of the (shuttle's) middeck and getting things back, ready for return, things that are going to come home in the middeck. We're not quite as far along in the pressurized logistics module yet. ... So technically, we're about 5 percent done (with MPLM transfers).

"Yesterday, we spent a lot of time moving a few of the very large items. We transferred╩five different racks out of the logistics module into the space station. So 5 percent may seem like a small number percentage wise, but we transferred a bunch of big items."

With their crewmates focusing on transfer work, Anderson and Mastracchio, meanwhile, will prepare tools and equipment for use during a second planned spacewalk early Sunday to install a new ammonia coolant tank in the space station's main power truss. The 1,700-pound tank was moved from Discovery's cargo bay to a temporary storage point on the station during their first spacewalk early Friday. During a third spacewalk Tuesday, a depleted ammonia tank will be moved to Discovery for return to Earth.

NASA's Mission Management Team decided Friday to extend Discovery's mission by one day to give the crew more time to carry out a final heat shield inspection while docked to the space station. Landing is now targeted for 8:54 a.m. EDT Monday, April 19. An updated flight plan will be posted as soon as the information becomes available.

Here is an updated timeline of today's activity (in EDT and mission elapsed time; includes revision D of the NASA television schedule; best viewed with fixed-width font):


EDT........DD...HH...MM...EVENT

04/09
09:21 PM...04...15...00...Crew wakeup
10:46 PM...04...16...25...ISS daily planning conference
                                        
04/10
12:21 AM...04...18...00...MPLM cargo module transfers resume
12:26 AM...04...18...05...Window Observation Research Facility transfer
01:56 AM...04...19...35...Zero-G storage rack transfer
02:21 AM...04...20...00...Zero-G storage rack deploy
02:51 AM...04...20...30...Express Rack 7 transfer
03:51 AM...04...21...30...Crew meals begin
04:16 AM...04...21...55...EVA-2: SSRMS maneuver
04:51 AM...04...22...30...ISP install
05:56 AM...04...23...35...Media interviews
06:16 AM...04...23...55...EVA-2: Tools configured
06:51 AM...05...30...00...ISP install
07:21 AM...05...01...00...MPLM pivot install
07:36 AM...05...01...15...EVA-2: Equipment lock preps
09:16 AM...05...02...55...EVA-2: Procedures review
10:36 AM...05...04...15...PAO educational event
11:00 AM...05...04...39...Mission status briefing on NTV
11:11 AM...05...04...50...ISS evening planning conference
11:46 AM...05...05...25...EVA-2: Mask pre-breathe/nitrogen purge
12:31 PM...05...06...10...EVA-2: Airlock depress to 10.2 psi
12:51 PM...05...06...30...ISS crew sleep begins
01:21 PM...05...07...00...STS crew sleep begins
02:00 PM...05...07...39...Daily highlights reel on NTV
06:30 PM...05...12...09...Flight director's update on NTV
09:21 PM...05...15...00...Crew wakeup

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