[sarex] ISS STATUS REPORT #06-37
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Fri Aug 11 15:21:15 PDT 2006
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International Space Station Status Report #06-37
3:30 p.m. CDT, Friday, Aug. 11, 2006
Expedition 13 Crew
This week on the International Space Station crew members refurbished
their exercise treadmill, prepared areas inside and out for an imminent
expansion of their home and took a couple of special calls to discuss
soccer and food in space.
Commander Pavel Vinogradov, Flight Engineer Jeff Williams and European
Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Reiter are gearing up for the second space
shuttle visit to the station during Expedition 13. The shuttle Atlantis,
targeted to launch in a window that opens Aug. 27, will resume major
orbital construction of the complex. During its mission, designated
STS-115, Atlantis will deliver and install a 17.5-ton, bus-sized segment
of the station's girder-like truss that includes another set of solar
arrays, batteries and associated electronics.
The station crew started out the week with two days of standard
maintenance work on the treadmill vibration isolation system, a special
exercise treadmill located on the floor of the Zvezda living quarters
module. Crews perform the maintenance task every six months to inspect
the treadmill's components, replace worn items and install new bearings.
The treadmill is a complex system that uses gyroscopes to stabilize
itself and isolates the vibrations created by exercise from being
transmitted to the station's structure, where they could disturb
sensitive experiments. Extensive exercise is a daily regimen for all
station crew members as one method of counteracting the effects of long
exposure to weightlessness.
The crew had time set aside each day this week to pack up and prepare
items that will be moved from the station to the shuttle during
Atlantis' flight. In addition, ground controllers worked with the
station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to prepare for the upcoming shuttle
flight. On Thursday, they moved the arm to position cameras to view
markings on the station used for a graphical computer alignment aid when
new components are attached. That aid, called the space vision system,
will be used during Atlantis' flight to help with the attachment of the
new truss section.
On Friday, controllers moved the arm to perform an early checkout of its
systems, ensuring it is ready for the shuttle mission.
The station crew greeted special guest calls this week. On Tuesday, the
coach and players from the FC Barcelona soccer team talked with the crew
as they visited NASA's Johnson Space Center prior to an exhibition game
in Houston. Reiter, a soccer fan, showed the team a space soccer move
during the call. On Thursday, the crew members spoke with Chef Emeril
Lagasse about space food and their mission. Lagasse sent NASA several
recipes that were prepared and delivered to the station aboard the last
shuttle flight. The Expedition 13 crew tried the dishes this week.
The next station status report will be issued on Friday, Aug. 18, or
earlier if events warrant. For more about the crew's activities and
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