[sarex] Busy Week of Robotics Aboard Station
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*Busy Week of Robotics Aboard Station*
Expedition 15 crew with yellow hard hats Image above: From left,
Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Clay
Anderson don hard hats in a light-hearted moment during Thursday's
relocation of Pressurized Mating Adapter-3. Image credit: NASA TV
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The Expedition 15 crew wrapped up a busy week of robotics and set the
stage for future growth of the International Space Station with the
relocation of Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3).
Thursday, Flight Engineer Clay Anderson used the station's robotic arm
to move PMA-3 from Unity's port docking mechanism to its nadir, or
earth-facing, docking mechanism to make room for the installation of the
Harmony node, which is set to arrive on Space Shuttle Discovery in October.
During the move, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin worked with the docking
systems. Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov backed up both men.
Intensive preparations for the move began Monday. Throughout the week
the crew trained with computer-based simulations, relocated the robotic
arm through a series of moves to the Power Data and Grapple Fixture on
the Destiny Lab and set up the Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS).
The crew wrapped up their busy week on Friday with routine hearing tests
and clean-up activities associated with the PMA-3 move.
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