[sarex] ISS Status Report: SS07-31
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Wed Jun 6 15:52:28 PDT 2007
> SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
>> June 6, 2007
>> Katherine Trinidad
>> Headquarters, Washington 202-358-3749
>> John Ira Petty
>> Johnson Space Center, Houston
>> STATUS REPORT: SS07-31
>> INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS07-31
>> HOUSTON - On Wednesday, the Expedition 15 crew completed the second
>> spacewalk in eight days and continued preparations for space shuttle
>> Atlantis' arrival at the International Space Station.
>> Kotov, Yurchikhin during the second spacewalk of Expedition 15Image
>> above: Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov (left) and Commander Fyodor
>> Yurchikhin work outside the International Space Station during their
>> second spacewalk. Image credit: NASA TV
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Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov opened the
hatch on the Pirs docking compartment at 9:23 a.m. CDT to begin a
spacewalk lasting 5 hours and 37 minutes. The cosmonauts installed
sample containers on the Pirs module for a Russian experiment. The
experiment, called Biorisk, looks at the effect of space on microorganisms.
>> Next, the spacewalkers strung a section of Ethernet cable on the
>> exterior of the Zarya module. This completed the installation of a
>> remote computer network that will enable commanding of the station's
>> Russian segment from the U.S. segment, if necessary.
>> Yurchikhin and Kotov later moved to the primary task on the agenda,
>> putting up 12 debris shield panels on the conical section of the
>> Zvezda module. Five panels were installed last week, and six others
>> were installed in 2002 to improve the module's protection from
>> micrometeroid debris strikes. The aluminum panels each measure
>> approximately 2 feet by 3 feet and are 1 inch thick.
>> Almost two and a half hours into the spacewalk, Russian controllers
>> noticed unusual readings in Pirs and asked Yurchikhin to return to
>> the module where he verified that the pressurized oxygen bottles were
>> closed properly. Mission Control Moscow subsequently determined that
>> a small amount of oxygen was flowing from a fluid umbilical that had
>> not closed fully when it was disconnected from the spacesuit at the
>> beginning of the spacewalk. Controllers closed the flow of oxygen to
>> that umbilical to preserve the supply and restarted it during
>> repressurization of Pirs after the spacewalk concluded.
>> The spacewalk ended at 3 p.m. when the hatch on Pirs was closed. Both
>> cosmonauts now have 11 hours and 2 minutes experience in the Russian
>> Orlan spacesuits. This was the 83rd spacewalk in support of station
>> assembly and maintenance, the 55th conducted from the station, and
>> the 22nd conducted out of Pirs.
>> During Wednesday's spacewalk, Flight Engineer Suni Williams remained
>> aboard the station monitoring the spacewalk, exercising and
>> conducting experiment activities. Earlier this week, she and her
>> crewmates prepared the Quest airlock for the spacewalks planned
>> during Atlantis' mission. They also packed her personal items and
>> experiment results for her return to Earth aboard Atlantis. Early in
>> the morning of June 16, Williams will exceed astronaut Shannon
>> Lucid's mark for the longest spaceflight ever by a woman, 188 days
>> and 4 hours.
+ Read more about Wednesday's spacewalk
Space Shuttle Atlantis and the STS-117 crew will visit the International
Space Station on Sunday after launching Friday at 7:38 p.m. Atlantis is
delivering the S3/S4 truss segment, a new set of starboard solar arrays
and batteries. Shuttle crew member Clayton Anderson will replace
Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Suni Williams. Williams will return home
aboard Atlantis when STS-117 completes its mission.
>> Commander Rick Sturckow and the crew of shuttle Atlantis are in
>> Florida preparing for their scheduled launch Friday, June 8, at 7:38
>> p.m. EDT. STS-117, due to dock to the station at 2:49 p.m. CDT
>> Sunday, June 10, delivers a new set of solar array wings and a new
>> station flight engineer, NASA astronaut Clay Anderson.
>> For more about the crew's activities and station sighting
>> opportunities, visit:
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