[sarex] ISS Crew Prepares for Return Home, Shuttle Visit
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Wed Oct 3 15:33:00 PDT 2007
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*Crew Prepares for Return Home, Shuttle Visit*
Image above: Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin performs
in-flight maintenance in the Unity node of the International Space
Station. Credit: NASA
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Preparations continued Wednesday as the clock counts down to a crew
change aboard the International Space Station and a visit by space
The Mobile Transporter and Mobile Base System, a movable platform that
allows the station’s robotic arm to move back and forth along the truss,
was commanded from the ground to move to the port side of the station in
preparation for the STS-120 shuttle mission. The railcar traversed the
74-foot distance at a rate of about one inch per second.
Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov opened the
hatches to the Progress cargo craft. The hatches were closed last week
for the relocation of the Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft as a contingency
measure in case the crew was unable to return to the station.
Flight Engineer Clay Anderson collected air samples and surface swabs
throughout the station. The samples will be incubated and analyzed for
bacterial and fungal contamination.
The Expedition 15 crew members continue with preparations for their
departure and 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.
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