[sarex] ISS SCIENCE Status Report: SS07-16
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Sat Apr 7 03:10:09 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
> April 6, 2007
> John Yembrick
> Headquarters, Washington
> John Ira Petty
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> STATUS REPORT: SS07-16
> INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS07-16
> HOUSTON - The Expedition 14 crew of the International Space Station
> was busy this week performing fitness evaluations, working on
> scientific experiments and preparing for the arrival of the
> Expedition 15 crew.
> Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin, Expedition 15 commander, and Oleg Kotov,
> Expedition 15 flight engineer, and spaceflight participant Charles
> Simonyi, a U.S. businessman, are scheduled to launch from the
> Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at approximately 12:30 p.m. CDT
> Saturday. Their Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the
> station at approximately 2:12 p.m. Monday.
> The Expedition 14 crew, Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight
> Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, will return to Earth with Simonyi on April
> 20. In preparation for their departure, Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin
> reviewed descent procedures.
> Suni Williams, who joined Expedition 14 in progress, will remain on
> the station as an Expedition 15 crew member for the first part of its
> increment. The two crews held a space-to-ground conference on
> Wednesday discussing upcoming mission activities.
> On Monday, Lopez-Alegria set a new U.S. single-mission spaceflight
> record, passing the 196-day mark previously set by station crew
> members Dan Bursch and Carl Walz in 2001 and 2002.
> The Expedition 14 crew performed periodic fitness evaluations this
> week. Additionally, they worked on a video tape recorder and on a
> faulty light of an ophthalmoscope that was used during a health
> check. They downloaded information from the Internal Wireless
> Instrumentation System, or IWIS, which monitors the health of the
> station's systems.
> The crew continued scientific activities aboard the station. Williams
> tested a bacteria detection instrument developed by researchers at
> Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and industry
> partners. The device, Lab-On-a-Chip Application Development Portable
> Test System (LOCAD-PTS) is a portable bacteria detection system small
> enough to fit into a compact ice cooler. Four more sessions with
> LOCAD-PTS are planned for upcoming weekend science sessions.
> Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin tested their hand-eye coordination by
> completing their sixth sessions with the Test of Reaction and
> Adaptation Capability (TRAC) experiment. The experiment studies
> whether the decline of motor skills during spaceflight is a result of
> the brain adapting to space. The hand-eye coordination test is
> performed before, during and after the mission.
> The crew also continued their work with the Anomalous Long-Term
> Effects in Astronauts' Center Nervous System (ALTEA) experiment.
> Using an instrumented helmet, the experiment measures the cosmic
> radiation that passes through a crew member's head, brain activity
> and visual perception. The experiment should help researchers better
> understand what levels of cosmic radiation crew members are exposed
> to and develop countermeasures for future long-duration spaceflights.
> For more about the crew's activities and station sighting
> opportunities, visit:
> The next station status report will be issued following the launch of
> Soyuz TMA-10 on Saturday or earlier if events warrant.
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