[sarex] ISS Status Report: SS07-09
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> Feb. 16, 2007
> John Yembrick
> Headquarters, Washington
> James Hartsfield
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> STATUS REPORT: SS07-09
> INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS07-09
> HOUSTON - This week, the Expedition 14 crew continued to focus on
> preparation for their final planned spacewalk ahead of the space
> shuttle Atlantis' arrival in March. This comes following Sunday's
> unexpected circuit breaker trip on the International Space Station
> and subsequent resetting of affected equipment.
> As Atlantis was moved to the launch pad this week, station Commander
> Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin conducted leak
> checks of the Russian Orlan spacesuits they will wear for their Feb.
> 22 venture outside the station. They installed some additional
> equipment on the suits, including lights that will assist in their
> Friday, the crew verified the suits' readiness by conducting telemetry
> and communications checks with flight controllers in Russia at the
> Mission Control Center in Korolev.
> The spacewalk will be the fifth by the Expedition 14 crew, a record
> for a station crew. It will be the fourth spacewalk conducted from
> the space station in the past three weeks. The spacewalk, scheduled
> to begin at approximately 4 a.m. CST, is expected to last six hours.
> NASA Television and www.nasa.gov will broadcast the event live,
> beginning at 3 a.m.
> The spacewalkers will attempt to free a stuck antenna on the Progress
> 23 cargo craft that is docked at the aft end of the station. The
> antenna did not properly retract when the supply vessel docked in
> October. Securing or removing the antenna is necessary to allow the
> Progress to undock in April.
> Additionally, they will survey docking navigation systems for the
> European Automated Transfer Vehicle, a cargo spacecraft scheduled to
> make its maiden voyage this summer.
> The spacewalk will be the 10th for Lopez-Alegria, a record for a U.S.
> Also this week, robotics ground controllers in Houston commanded the
> station's mobile transporter rail car to move to the starboard side
> of the station's truss in preparation for the arrival of Atlantis,
> which will bring a new, school bus-sized truss segment with a third
> set of U.S. solar arrays for the complex, and batteries and other
> The crew will spend Monday inside the Destiny laboratory training on
> the operation of the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm.
> For more about the crew's activities and station sighting
> opportunities, visit:
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