MISSION STS-112 -- 15TH ISS FLIGHT (9A) - S1 Truss Segment
le Processing Note: Hurricane Lili made landfall well east of Houston, Texas, providing the Johnson Space Center team the opportunity to begin preparing for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on Monday, Oct. 7.
Mission Control Center (MCC) in Houston was powered down Wednesday morning due to the projected path of Hurricane Lili threatening the Texas coast. After the treat of the storm passed, power-up and verification operations began in the MCC and will continue throughout the weekend. The MCC plans to "meet-up" with Kennedy Space Center during communication activation activities once the MCC is fully operational.
Command and Control of the International Space Station was transferred to Moscow yesterday evening and will be transferred back to the MCC in Houston this evening.
During the next few days at the Kennedy Space Center, the Launch Control Team will continue to monitor the Shuttle Atlantis and maintain its readiness for launch on Monday. At Launch Pad 39-B, the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen reactants of Atlantis' power reactant and storage distribution system were drained yesterday and preparations are in work to re-load them on Saturday.
The STS-112 crew stayed in Florida throughout this delay and spent their time relaxing, reviewing flight plans and practicing entry procedures in the Shuttle Training Aircraft.