[sarex] Space Station Reboost Wednesday Night

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Wed May 23 13:44:30 PDT 2007


*Space Station Reboost Wednesday Night*

  Image above: Fyodor Yurchikhin (left), Oleg Kotov (right) and Sunita 
Williams photographed during a teleconference in the Zvezda Service 
Module. Image credit: NASA


The next station reboost is scheduled for May 23 at about 7:30 p.m. EDT, 
using the ISS Progress 25 thrusters. The purpose of the maneuver is to 
position the station for the STS-117 launch in June.

Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov continue 
preparations for their upcoming spacewalk. The spacewalkers spent 
several hours checking out and readying their spacesuits and charging 
battery packs. Yurchikhin will wear the Russian Orlan suit with red 
stripes and Kotov will wear the suit with blue stripes. A pre-spacewalk 
fitness evaluation was conducted on the two cosmonauts, which involved a 
cardiovascular evaluation using the cycle ergometer.

+ Expedition 15 Spacewalk Briefing Materials, May 23, 2007 

To check water quality, Flight Engineer Sunita Williams took samples of 
potable water for chemical and microbial analysis. Some samples will be 
returned to Earth on STS-117, while a quicker microbial in-flight 
sampling is done using the Micro Sample In-Flight Analysis Packet.

Williams conducted the status check and filter inspection of the science 
experiment of seed germination modules and nematode worms housed in the 
Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus incubator. Students in the 
U.S. and Malaysia are participating in educational activities in their 
classrooms while monitoring the growth in orbit.

+ Read more about the Progress 25 docking 
+ Read more about Expedition 15 
+ View crew daily timelines 

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