[sarex] ISS Status Report: SS07-23
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April 27, 2007
> John Yembrick
> Headquarters, Washington
> John Ira Petty
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> ISS STATUS REPORT: SS07-23
> HOUSTON - The Expedition 15 crew aboard the International Space
> Station completed its first week of station orientation as the crew
> worked with experiments and hardware maintenance.
*New Crew Completes First Week Alone*
Image above: Flight Engineer Suni Williams works with water tanks in
theProgress 24 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station.
Image credit: NASA
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Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineers Oleg Kotov and Suni
> Williams began the week with a couple light duty days after the busy
> handover operations with the former crew. Expedition 14 Commander
> Michael Lopez-Alegria and Russian crewmate Mikhail Tyurin,
> accompanied by spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi, returned to
> Earth on Saturday, April 21, and are at the Gagarin Cosmonaut
> Training Center in Star City, Russia, for several weeks of
> post-mission debriefing and rehabilitation.
> This week, the station crew members participated in several drills to
> maintain their medical and emergency proficiency. Yurchikhin and
> Kotov began sessions throughout the first two weeks of their
> residence to orient themselves with the station's operating systems.
> Williams, who served as an Expedition 14 crew member, is aiding
> Expedition 15 with their station orientation.
> On Thursday, Williams was told that she will return to Earth aboard
> space shuttle Atlantis, targeted for launch June 8. That shuttle
> mission, STS-117, will carry astronaut Clay Anderson to the station
> to join Expedition 15 in progress. This rotation originally was
> planned for STS-118, targeted for launch Aug. 8.
> NASA managers approved the crew rotation after a more detailed review
> determined it would not impact station operations or future shuttle
> mission objectives. Since an earlier crew rotation was possible, they
> decided it would be prudent to return Williams and deliver Anderson
> sooner rather than later. Upon Williams' return, she will have
> accumulated more time in space than any other woman.
> Williams spent some of her off-duty time completing additional test
> runs for the Capillary Flow Experiment. Capillary flow is the key
> process used to move fluids in a microgravity environment. It uses
> the low-gravity environment aboard the station to understand the
> special dynamics of capillary flow and will aid in the design of
> fluid transport systems on future spacecraft.
> On Monday, Williams set up cameras for the Earth Knowledge Acquired by
> Middle School Students, or EarthKAM, education experiment. Middle
> school students program a digital camera on the station to photograph
> a variety of geographical targets from the unique vantage point of
> space. Undergraduate teams at the University of California at San
> Diego manage the images and post them on the Internet for the public
> and participating classrooms around the world to view. Nearly 4,000
> students from 66 schools in seven countries are participating in this
> On Friday, Williams performed a series of test flights with small
> free-flying satellites. The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage,
> Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) experiment uses 8-inch
> diameter spherical satellites that fly within the station cabin. The
> satellites test the basics of formation flight and autonomous docking
> that could be used in future spacecraft. The battery-powered
> satellites use carbon dioxide to fuel 12 thrusters as they fly in the
> In addition to general station orientation, Yurchikhin and Kotov also
> performed maintenance work on life support hardware in the Russian
> segment. The water separator in the air conditioning system was
> replaced. The separator dispositions condensate water and air
> collected from the station's atmosphere that forms through the air
> conditioner, maintaining optimum humidity levels onboard.
> Flight controllers and mission managers test fired the two main
> engines on the Zvezda Service Module in a Wednesday reboost, raising
> the station's altitude. It was the first time the engines were fired
> since initial arrival of Zvezda in 2000. Another reboost using
> International Space Station Progress 24 engines is scheduled for
> Saturday to finish placing the station in its correct position for
> the arrival of the International Space Station Progress 25 cargo
> vehicle May 16 and the space shuttle Atlantis in June.
> For more about the crew's activities and station sighting
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