[sarex] ISS STATUS REPORT #SS07-32
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John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, Houston
June 29, 2007
STATUS REPORT: SS07-32
International Space Station Status Report: SS07-32
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
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
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
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.
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