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Expedition 28 and STS-135 Crews Wrap Up Raffaello Transfers

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:53 am via: NASA
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Flight day 10 of the STS-135 mission will see the wrap up of transfer work inside the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module, before the crew closes its hatch and returns it to the shuttle’s cargo bay on Monday. They started the day with 96 percent of the work inside Raffaello done.

The hatches between Atlantis and the station are scheduled to be closed at about 9:30 a.m. EDT Monday. Atlantis is scheduled to undock from the station about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, and land at Kennedy Space Center just before 6 a.m. on Thursday.

The shuttle and station crews are nearing the home stretch in transfer activities. Most of the 9,400 pounds of equipment brought up in Raffaello is aboard the station, and the loading of 5,700 pounds of return items is well under way. Raffaello is scheduled to be unberthed from the station’s Harmony node and returned to space shuttle Atlantis’ cargo bay early Monday.

The STS-135 crew provided a recorded message as a tribute to Atlantis, the entire Space Shuttle Program and team. In the message, Commander Chris Ferguson spoke about the U.S. flag displayed behind them that was flown on the first space shuttle mission, STS-1. It was flown on this mission to be presented to the space station crew and it will remain displayed aboard the station until the next crew launched from the U.S. retrieves it for return to Earth. It will fly from Earth again, with the next crew that launches from the U.S. on a journey of exploration beyond Earth orbit.

Expedition 28 Flight Engineers Mike Fossum and Ron Garan completed a six-hour, 31-minute spacewalk Tuesday, retrieving a failed pump module for return to Earth, installing two experiments and repairing a new base for the station’s robotic arm.

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