[sarex] ISS STATUS REPORT #07-20
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Fri Apr 13 14:03:23 PDT 2007
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*International Space Station Status Report #07-20*
*3 p.m. CDT Friday, April 13, 2007*
*Expedition 14 Crew*
Two Expedition 15 cosmonauts spent much of the week in handover
activities with their Expedition 14 predecessors. Their new crewmate,
Sunita Williams who has been aboard the International Space Station for
more than three months, also is helping them learn the ropes.
E15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov arrived
at the station Monday after a Saturday launch from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. With them on their Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft was
Spaceflight Participant Charles Simonyi, a U.S. businessman flying under
a contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency.
Expedition 14 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer
Mikhail Tyurin are scheduled to return home in their Soyuz TMA-9
spacecraft April 20. Simonyi will return with them after about 11 days
on the orbiting laboratory.
Lopez-Alegria, who came to the station with Tyurin last September,
continuously sets new U.S. single spaceflight duration records. Williams
is likely to break Lopez-Alegria's record with her return tentatively
planned for August after serving as an E15 crew member for the early
part of that increment.
This week, in addition to handover, both crews got in their regular
exercise sessions – especially important for Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin as
their return to Earth approaches. Crews did required station maintenance
and still managed to spend considerable time on science activities.
Those activities began with time-critical transfer of several
experiments from the newly arrived Soyuz to the station and station power.
Among experiments getting crew attention were Bioemulsion, a Russian
effort to develop technology to produce microorganisms safely for
bacterial, fermental and medical preparations. Tyurin worked with that
On Wednesday Kotov set up the European Exhaled Nitric Oxide-2
experiment. It measures nitric oxide exhaled by spacewalkers before and
after their excursions. The idea is to better understand the potential
for decompression sickness.
Meanwhile, Tyurin worked with the Russian Pilot experiment. It is
designed to measure during long-duration spaceflight changes in a crew
member's ability to pilot a spacecraft.
On Thursday, Lopez-Alegria spent more than three hours resizing U.S.
spacesuits for future users. The suits were the ones they used on an
unprecedented series of three station spacewalks in a nine-day period
beginning Jan. 31.
Throughout much of the week, beginning with the crew news conference on
Tuesday, crew members took breaks to talk with news media
representatives. U.S. organizations whose reporters interviewed them
included ABC News, Space.com, CNN, and CBS.
Information on the crew's activities aboard the space station, future
launch dates, as well as station sighting opportunities from anywhere on
the Earth, is available on the Internet at:
The next ISS status report will be issued Friday, April 20, after E14's
landing, or earlier if events warrant.
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