[sarex] iSS Status Report: SS07-24
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Sat May 5 02:57:49 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
> May 4, 2007
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> John Ira Petty
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> STATUS REPORT: SS07-24
> INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS07-24
> HOUSTON - Marking the second week working together, the Expedition 15
> crew wrapped up a week of 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 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 later use.
> 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 batteries.
> 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. lab racks.
> 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, visit:
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