[sarex] Station, Shuttle Crews Working Together
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*Station, Shuttle Crews Working Together
17 AUGUST 2007
S118-E-07205 : Fyodor Yurchikhin, Charles Hobaugh and Oleg Kotov Image
above: Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (left), Flight Engineer
Oleg Kotov (right) and STS-118 Pilot Charlie Hobaugh pose for a photo in
the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station. Image credit:
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Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Oleg
Kotov and Clay Anderson continue joint operations aboard the
International Space Station with the STS-118 crew, which arrived at the
International Space Station Aug. 10. STS-118’s stay has featured three
spacewalks to continue the on-orbit construction of the station.
In addition to the seven STS-118 astronauts, Space Shuttle Endeavour
carried the Starboard 5 (S5) truss segment to the station and STS-118
spacewalkers installed it Aug. 11. The S5 truss segment is part of the
station’s Integrated Truss Structure that will eventually be the length
of a football field and contain four sets of solar arrays.
The station received a new control moment gyroscope (CMG) on Monday
during the second spacewalk. The station has four CMGs that are used to
control its attitude in orbit. The new CMG replaced a faulty gyroscope
that will return to Earth on a future shuttle mission.
On Tuesday, the International Space Station’s first component to go into
space, the Zarya control module, passed the 50,000th orbit mark at 11:17
a.m. EDT(1517 UTC). Zarya, which is Russian for “Sunrise,” was funded by
the United States and built by Russia. It launched atop a Proton rocket
from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Nov. 20, 1998.
The third spacewalk occurred Wednesday. It featured preparations for the
relocation of the Port 6 truss from atop the station to the end of the
Port 5 truss when STS-120 visits later this year. A fourth spacewalk is
scheduled for Saturday.
In other activities, the two crews have been transferring cargo between
Endeavour and the station.
The STS-118 astronauts are scheduled to exit the station on Sunday and
undock Monday. STS-118 is the 22nd shuttle mission to visit the station.
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