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From: Dan Dubrick
To: All
Date: 2003-08-19 02:15:00
Subject: 8\18 India - INSAT-3E Launch Delayed.

 Husband, Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla and Laurel
Clark, and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon of the Red Team began their
workday about 5 a.m. CST, focusing again on work with the SOFBALL
(Structures of Flame Balls) experiment and the ARMS (Advanced
Respiratory Monitoring System) human physiology experiment. Husband
maneuvered Columbia into the proper positions for the various
experiments.

The two teams have completed seven SOFBALL runs so far, including the
first of several using methane as a fuel, which is visible to the
naked eye as a faint blue flame. This evening, the Blue Team will
attempt the longest planned test, lasting 2 hours, 47 minutes, while
the shuttle is placed in a "free drift" configuration to eliminate
thruster firings that could affect the test. 

Pilot Willie McCool and Mission Specialists Dave Brown and Michael
Anderson of the Blue Team were awakened about 2:30 p.m. to the sounds
of "Hotel California" performed by members of McCool's family. Their
duty shift was scheduled to begin about 5 p.m. after a pre-bedtime
handover from the Red Team. 

The Blue Team also will resume work with the Mechanics of Granular
Materials experiment, looking at how sandy soil full of water behaves
under pressure. Three compressions are planned over t
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