[sarex] Crews Prepare for Arrivals and Departures
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18 October 2007
*Crews Prepare for Arrivals and Departures*
Peggy Whitson and Yuri Malenchenko with SAFERImage above: Commander
Peggy Whitson (foreground) and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko work
with a Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) unit Wednesday in the Quest
airlock of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV
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As the Expedition 15 crew prepares for departure on Sunday, the
Expedition 16 crew is getting ready for the arrival of space shuttle
Discovery next week.
The Expedition 15 crew, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer
Oleg Kotov, conducted Soyuz descent training Wednesday. Joining them was
Malaysian spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, who arrived
on the station Friday, Oct. 12, with the Expedition 16 crew, Commander
Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko.
Yurchikhin, Kotov and Shukor will depart aboard their Soyuz TMA-10
spacecraft Sunday. Flight Engineer Clay Anderson, who joined Expedition
15 in June, will remain onboard as a member of Expedition 16, until his
replacement, astronaut Dan Tani, arrives on the STS-120 shuttle mission
later this month.
The two crews will participate in a change of command ceremony on
Friday, as Expedition 15 formally hands over command of the station to
Throughout the week, Whitson and her crewmates have been preparing the
spacesuits and hardware for use during U.S. spacewalks scheduled for the
STS-120 mission and afterwards. On Wednesday, Whitson and Malenchenko
checked out the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) hardware.
Essentially a “life jacket” for spacewalks, SAFER is a self-contained
maneuvering unit worn by astronauts like a backpack.
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