[sarex] ISS Crew Preps for Departures and Arrivals
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Mon Oct 1 12:43:42 PDT 2007
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The Expedition 15 crew members are busy with science, station
maintenance, preparations for their return to Earth and the arrival of
the next crew to the International Space Station.
Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov worked Monday
with a medical experiment that tests the cardiovascular system by
applying negative pressure on the lower body to simulate the effects of
Flight Engineer Clay Anderson collected samples of the station's potable
water. These samples are for a periodic check of the water for microbial
or chemical contamination.
The Expedition 15 crew continues with preparations for departure and for
the arrival of the next crew. The Expedition 16 crew, Commander Peggy
Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko, will launch from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 and arrive at the station
on Oct. 12.
Accompanying Expedition 16 is Malaysian spaceflight participant Sheikh
Muszaphar Shukor, who will return to Earth on Oct. 21 with Yurchikhin
and Kotov. Anderson will remain on the station with Expedition 16 until
his replacement, Flight Engineer Dan Tani, arrives on space shuttle
Discovery later in October.
The Zarya module's solar array wings were successfully retracted on
Friday and Saturday, marking the first time they had been retracted
since the module was put in orbit in November 1998. The arrays needed to
be retracted to avoid contact with the station's radiators. The
starboard radiators will be deployed during Discovery's STS-120 mission,
followed by the port radiators after the shuttle departs.
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