[sarex] Expedition 15 Prepares for Upcoming Spacewalks

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Sat May 26 04:44:20 PDT 2007


*Expedition 15 Prepares for Upcoming Spacewalks*

ISS015-E-08953 --- Kennedy Space Center on May 21, 2007 from the 
International Space StationImage above: Flight Engineer Sunita Williams 
took this photo of the Kennedy Space Center around midday on May 21, 
2007. The Space Shuttle Atlantis, scheduled for a launch no earlier than 
June 8, sits on Pad A (center frame) at launch complex 39. Image credit: 


Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov are preparing 
for two spacewalks. The main objectives of the first Russian excursion 
on May 30 are to install orbital debris protection panels on the Zvezda 
service module, route cables associated with the Automated Transfer 
Vehicle navigation systems and replace experiments on the module's hull.

Additionally, the two cosmonauts checked out the spacesuits and the Pirs 
airlock, prepared tools and closed the hatch to the Progress resupply 
vehicle docked to Pirs. Wednesday's spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 
2:20 p.m. EDT (1820 UTC) and will last about six hours. NASA Television 
coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 1:30 p.m. (1730 UTC)

+ Read more about the May 30 spacewalk 

On May 23, Russian flight controllers executed an orbit adjustment burn, 
increasing the station’s speed about one mile an hour and putting it in 
the proper orbit for Atlantis’ arrival on the STS-117 mission.

Flight Engineer Sunita Williams is preparing for her return to Earth. 
Williams conducted a 10-minute video tour of her home on the station and 
downlinked it to astronaut Clay Anderson, her replacement on Expedition 15.

+ Expedition 15 Spacewalk Briefing Materials, May 23, 2007 
+ Read more about the Progress 25 docking 
+ Read more about Expedition 15 
+ View crew daily timelines 

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