[sarex] ISS STATUS REPORT #06-44
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International Space Station Status Report #06-44
3 p.m. CDT Friday, October 13, 2006
Expedition 13 Crew
The International Space Station’s Expedition 14 crew went for a short
ride this week, performed maintenance and experiments aboard the growing
outpost and celebrated one crew member's 100th day in space.
Station Commander and NASA Science Officer Mike Lopez-Alegria, along
with flight engineers Mikhail Tyurin and Thomas Reiter, boarded their
Soyuz spacecraft and flew it from one docking port to another on
Tuesday. The relocation was a routine procedure conducted ahead of the
launch and arrival of the next Progress supply ship scheduled late this
With Tyurin at the controls, the Soyuz undocked from the aft position of
the Zvezda module at 2:14 p.m. CDT and docked to the Zarya control
module’s Earth-facing docking port at 2:34 p.m.
The 23rd Progress vehicle will launch Oct. 23 from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It will dock to the vacated Zvezda port three
days later, delivering supplies to the crew.
More than three weeks into a six-month stay, Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin
are settling in to the routine of life in microgravity. They joined
Reiter in celebrating his 100th day in space since his launch aboard the
Space Shuttle Discovery in early July. Reiter, a European Space Agency
astronaut, will return home aboard Discovery when it returns in December
and brings NASA astronaut Suni Williams as his replacement.
Oxygen is being supplied in the station cabin by tanks on the outside of
the U.S. Quest Airlock while an onboard Russian oxygen generation
system, called the Elektron, is not working. Additional parts to repair
the Elektron are expected to be among the supplies arriving late this
month on Progress.
The station’s orientation is being managed by three of the four
electrically-driven Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs). One gyroscope,
designated CMG 3, was shut down after exhibiting intermittently high
vibrations early on Monday. Three gyros are sufficient, and there has
been no impact to the safety or operation of the station due to the shut
down of CMG 3. Flight controllers are evaluating future plans for CMG 3
and any changes that might be needed to assembly operations during the
next shuttle mission, STS-116, as a result. During that mission, set for
December, alternating systems on the station will be powered off as the
complex is rewired to bring on line new supplies of electricity from the
recently added solar arrays. Steering jets could be used to control the
station's orientation if needed as gyroscopes are powered down during
This week the crew performed routine medical checks and took water
samples while loading the docked Progress vehicle with unneeded items.
Lopez-Alegria swapped a water separator in the Quest Airlock’s Common
Cabin Air Assembly to ensure a filter doesn’t become clogged. The
maintenance procedure was previously performed by the Expedition 5 crew.
Also this week, equipment setup began for the Space Video Gateway
checkout, which will demonstrate the station’s ability to transmit
television in high definition.
The next status report will be issued Friday, Oct. 20, or earlier if
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