[sarex] ISS Status Report: SS07-32

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Fri Jun 29 16:14:16 PDT 2007

Arthur Rowe wrote:
>> June 29, 2007
>> John Yembrick
>> Headquarters, Washington 202-358-0602
>> John Ira Petty
>> Johnson Space Center, Houston
>> 281-483-5111
>> HOUSTON -- After the departure of the space shuttle Atlantis, 
>> Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg 
>> Kotov returned to their daily operations aboard the International 
>> Space Station this week, while newly arrived Flight Engineer Clay 
>> Anderson began conducting scientific experiments.
>> Atlantis landed in California June 22 after delivering a new 
>> starboard truss segment and a set of solar arrays to the station. 
>> Returning on the shuttle was Sunita Williams, who lived and worked 
>> aboard the orbiting complex for six months. Anderson succeeded 
>> Williams on the station and arrived with the Atlantis crew on June 10.
>> Anderson performed his first Saturday Science activity on June 23, 
>> showing younger television viewers how Newton's laws apply to sports 
>> activities, even in the microgravity of space.
>> On Monday, Anderson began work with a nutrition experiment. He 
>> collected blood and urine samples and began logging all of the food 
>> and drinks he consumed. The experiment tracks many vitamins and 
>> minerals essential for good health. It is the most comprehensive 
>> in-flight study to date of human physiological changes during 
>> long-duration spaceflight. Also, Anderson and Kotov did a medical 
>> emergency exercise, and Yurchikhin replaced one of three transmitters 
>> on the Russian Regul communications system.
>> The crew inspected the lights and power systems and performed a 
>> routine examination of the windows on the Russian Zvezda service 
>> module on Tuesday.
>> Wednesday was filled with science. Each crew member completed medical 
>> tests and periodic fitness evaluations, and worked with a variety of 
>> Russian experiments. Kotov spent about two hours using a multimeter 
>> to do resistance checks on the computer system in the Zvezda service 
>> module. The two major computer systems there continue to function 
>> well, with two of three "lanes," or data paths, of each system 
>> operating.
>> Anderson wore an acoustic dosimeter on Thursday to check station 
>> noise levels. He also worked with the Microgravity Science Glovebox 
>> in an unsuccessful effort to complete a leak check. Troubleshooting 
>> continues. Yurchikhin and Kotov spent more than two hours with the 
>> Russian Profilaktika experiment, which looks at measures to 
>> counteract the long-term effects of microgravity. Yurchikhin also 
>> worked with the Matryoshka radiation detection experiment and Kotov 
>> inventoried medical equipment inventory.
>> On Friday, Anderson did a routine cleaning of spacesuit cooling 
>> loops. Yurchikhin and Kotov worked in the Russian segment, replacing 
>> current converter units in the Zarya module.
>> For more about the crew's activities and station sighting 
>> opportunities, visit:
>> http://www.nasa.gov/station
>> -end-

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