[sarex] ISS Status Report: SS06-042
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> Sept. 28, 2006
> Allard Beutel
> Headquarters, Washington
> John Ira Petty
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> STATUS REPORT: SS06-042
> INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS06-042
> After six months aboard the International Space Station that included
> arrival of two space shuttle missions, resumption of construction of
> the orbiting laboratory and the restoration of a three-member crew,
> Expedition 13 landed at 9:13 p.m. EDT in the steppes of Kazakhstan.
> Commander Pavel Vinogradov and NASA station science officer Jeff
> Williams landed in their Soyuz TMA 8 spacecraft about 50 miles
> northeast of Arkalyk. Russian recovery forces and NASA officials
> arrived at the site shortly after the spacecraft touched down. The
> Soyuz undocked from the space station at 5:53 p.m. EDT.
> The crew will spend several weeks in Star City, near Moscow, for
> debriefing and medical examinations.
> With Williams and Vinogradov was Spaceflight Participant Anousheh
> Ansari, who flew to the station with the Expedition 14 crew and spent
> eight days there. The American businesswoman went to the station
> under a contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency.
> During their mission, which launched March 29, Vinogradov and Williams
> were joined by Thomas Reiter, a European Space Agency astronaut from
> Germany. He became the first non-Russian, non-U.S. long-duration
> station crew member. He will remain aboard as part of the Expedition
> 14 crew until December when he returns to Earth on the next space
> shuttle flight.
> Two successful spacewalks were conducted during Expedition 13. The
> first was by Vinogradov and Williams in Russian spacesuits and the
> second by Williams and Reiter in U.S. spacesuits.
> Vinogradov and Williams welcomed Space Shuttle Discovery astronauts
> and Reiter during the STS-121 mission to the station in July. In
> September Space Shuttle Atlantis' crew on the STS-115 mission brought
> and installed the station's integrated P3/P4 truss segments.
> Expedition 14 Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria, Mikhail Tyurin and Reiter,
> now are on their own aboard the station after a week of handover,
> maintenance and some science activities. Vinogradov and Tyurin
> replaced a major component of the Elektron oxygen-producing device,
> which malfunctioned shortly after Atlantis departed.
> The device was activated Sept. 16 and functioned for about three hours
> before shutting itself off. Further troubleshooting is planned.
> The next status report will be issued Friday, Oct. 6, or earlier if
> events warrant. For more about the crew's activities and station
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