Archive - Mar 2, 2007
The International Space Station's Expedition 14 crew continued work this week on scientific experiments, station maintenance and clean up following a Feb. 22 Russian spacewalk.
An altitude reboost engine firing planned for Friday was postponed following the launch delay of Space Shuttle Atlantis earlier this week. The STS-117 mission was targeted for liftoff on March 15. The shuttle mission was put on hold following a hail storm Monday. The storm caused damage requiring repair to the shuttle's external fuel tank foam.
For the first time in the history of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, youngsters in India and Portugal got the chance to learn about life in space firsthand via ham radio. At the controls of NA1SS, ISS crew member Suni Williams, KD5PLB, fielded questions February 24 from youngsters at Vasant Valley School in New Delhi, India. A couple of days later, she got on the air to speak with students at Camilo Castelo Branco School in Carnaxide, Portugal. Williams assured one Vasant Valley student that the ISS generates no appreciable pollution in space.
"We're just orbiting, so we're not giving off any pollution while we're up here," Williams responded. "Sometimes, some things fall off the space station, like little pieces of dust or little pieces of metal, but that's all, really, the pollution we're putting out up here."