[sarex] ISS STATUS REPORT #07-24
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Fri May 4 14:31:25 PDT 2007
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*International Space Station Status Report #07-24*
*3 p.m. CDT Friday, May 4, 2007*
*Expedition 15 Crew*
Marking the second week working together, the Expedition 15 crew wrapped
up various maintenance tasks, science experiments and preparations for
the May 15 arrival of the Progress 25 supply ship.
To prepare for the new unpiloted cargo carrier's arrival, the currently
docked Progress' engines were used to reboost the station Saturday. The
move also increases the number of rendezvous opportunities for the
STS-117 space shuttle mission targeted for next month. Expedition 15
Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineers Oleg Kotov and Suni
Williams also removed the docking mechanism from the Progress 24 for
The week included work on a wide array of science experiments. Williams
completed the fifth run of the Elastic Memory Composite Hinge
experiment. The experiment studies the performance of a new hinge
composite in space.
Williams also did a test run of a handheld device for rapid detection of
biological and chemical substances on board the station. This study is
meant to provide an early warning system to protect the health and
safety of station crew members. Williams also completed annual
re-certification of the Microgravity Science Glovebox and performed a
checkout of the cardiac defibrillator.
Kotov did maintenance work in the Zarya module and tested the circuits
of a temperature sensor on one of the batteries. He also conducted the
periodic collection of air readings in the station with the Russian
Real-Time Harmful Contaminant Gas Analyzer system.
Other hardware and maintenance tasks included the replacement of a
Common Cabin Air Analyzer, sound level monitoring in the Russian Service
Module and in the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, and charging U.S. spacesuits
Crew members wrapped up the week replacing a heat exchanger in the
Zvezda Service Module. They also swapped out computers used in the U.S.
The weekend will consist of mostly off-duty time with routine
housekeeping, family conferences and a HAM radio session.
For more about the crew's activities and station sighting opportunities,
The next station status report will be issued Friday, May 11, or earlier
if events warrant.
NASA OFFERS RESOURCES FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH II VISIT TO GODDARD
GREENBELT, Md. - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of
Edinburgh, will visit NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, Md., on Tuesday, May 8. Goddard is home to the largest
organization of scientists and engineers in the United States
dedicated to learning and sharing knowledge of the Earth, sun, solar
system and universe.
The main Web site for information updates and images as they become
Live television coverage highlights will include a call to crew aboard
International Space Station, a welcoming event with NASA employees
and a tree planting ceremony at Goddard's visitor center.
NASA TV will air live coverage from approximately 10 a.m. - Noon EDT.
Video of the visit will run on the NASA TV media channel (#103) at
Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. NASA Television information and real-time
schedule updates will be available at:
NASA Television is carried on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via
satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040
MHz, vertical polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) -
compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) with modulation of
QPSK/DBV, data rate of 36.86 and FEC of 3/4 is needed for reception.
NASA TV Multichannel Broadcast includes Public Services Channel
(#101), the Education Channel (#102) and the Media Services Channel
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