Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Atlantis in final day docked at space station

The crews of space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station are in their final full day docked together.

They're finishing transfer of cargo between the two vehicles and enjoying a bit of time off.

Coming up at 8 a.m. EST, a news conference with the seven shuttle flyers and five station residents.

Click here to open a NASA TV video player and watch the event live.

Around noon, the crews will gather again for a farewell ceremony. Then the Atlantis astronauts will return to the shuttle and close its hatch to get ready for Wednesday's departure and a two-day trip back home.

Earlier this morning, the station's Japanese laboratory generated a false alarm, NASA reported.

Occurring around 7 a.m. EST, it was the third time during Atlantis' week docked at the station that false alarms rang out. The other two instances happened while the crews were asleep.

NASA said the busy transfer of cargo between the shuttle and station may have stirred up dust that triggered the alarm.

Here's a look at the day in space:

-- 1:58 a.m. Atlantis and space station crews awake.

-- 5:07 a.m. Atlantis fires thrusters to boost space station orbit.

-- 8 a.m. Shuttle and station crews host news conference.

-- 9:58 a.m. Atlantis off-duty period begins.

-- 10 a.m. Expedition 21/22 change of command.

-- 12:28 p.m. Atlantis crew farewell and hatch closure.

-- 1:13 p.m. Rendezvous tool checkout and centerline camera installation.

-- 5:28 p.m. Atlantis and station crews sleep.

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