ISS Status Report

ISS Status Report

Station Fires Engines to Avoid Orbital Debris

ISS Status Report

At 10:36 p.m. EDT Friday, ground controllers moved the International Space Station away from a piece of orbital debris. The object is a relic from a collision between the COSMOS 2251 and Iridium 33 satellites in February 2009 and had been close to the station’s orbit prior to the debris avoidance maneuver (DAM).

The DAM, performed during the Expedition 27 crew sleep period, used thrusters from three spacecraft, the European Space Agency’s Johannes Kepler Automated Transfer Vehicle 2 (ATV2), the Zvezda service module and Progress 41P.

N5VHO – Mon, 2011 – 04 – 04 08:10

Crew Prepares for Kounotori2 Departure

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Aboard the orbiting International Space Station on Monday, Expedition 27 Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli rehearsed techniques for the upcoming unberthing of the Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle. They also continued packing trash into Kounotori2.

Coleman inspected and cleaned the Microgravity Science Glovebox, which is used in a variety of scientific endeavors aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Nespoli prepared for upcoming work with a facility to study the characteristics of boiling in the microgravity environment of space.

N5VHO – Tue, 2011 – 03 – 22 12:50

Crew Relocates Japanese Cargo Craft

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Using the International Space Station’s Cupola Robotic Work Station, Expedition 26 Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli manipulated the station's Canadarm2 to move the Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-2) from the space-facing side of the Harmony module back to the Earth-facing port of Harmony. The move began at 7 a.m. EST Thursday.

N5VHO – Thu, 2011 – 03 – 10 17:23

Cause of Station False Alarm Diagnosed

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After a false smoke alarm, station Commander Scott Kelly used a compound specific analyzer to sample air in the Russian Pirs docking compartment. Kelly reported readings on the instrument were zero detecting no fire, no smoke and no odor.

N5VHO – Fri, 2011 – 03 – 04 15:32

Shuttle and Station Crews Working Together

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Moving equipment and supplies between Discovery and the International Space Station, robotics activities and preparation for Monday’s 6.5-hour spacewalk kept shuttle and station astronauts busy much of Sunday.

Transfer activities began during the crews’ morning. About 2,000 pounds of cargo was brought to the station on Discovery’s middeck, and about 2,600 pounds is to be returned to Earth by the shuttle.

N5VHO – Mon, 2011 – 02 – 28 14:44

Crew Prepares for Visitors, Moves Experiment Racks

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Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly spent time Tuesday preparing the International Space Station’s Quest airlock for spacewalks to be performed during the upcoming STS-133 mission of space shuttle Discovery and gathered tools for the excursions. He later shot a video tour of the station for the STS-133 crew.

Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli prepared spacesuits to be used during the spacewalks.

N5VHO – Wed, 2011 – 02 – 23 14:22

Cosmonauts Conclude Russia’s 28th Spacewalk from Station

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Flight Engineers Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka re-entered and closed the hatch on the Pirs airlock, concluding Russia’s 28th spacewalk from the International Space Station. The 4-hour, 51-minute spacewalk ended at 1:21 p.m. EST.

The spacewalking duo installed a pair of experiments outside the station’s Russian segment. The Molniya-Gamma experiment will observe radiation emitted during Earth-bound lightning and thunderstorms. The second experiment, Radiometria, will collect seismic information to better predict earthquakes.

N5VHO – Wed, 2011 – 02 – 16 14:48

Crew Prepares for Spacewalk, Spacecraft Traffic at Station

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Expedition 26 Flight Engineers Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka spent Monday completing the outfitting of lights and tool caddies on their Orlan spacesuits in advance of Wednesday’s spacewalk out of the Pirs docking compartment – the 28th Russian spacewalk from the International Space Station. They conducted one final tag up with Russian spacewalk specialists as well. The duo is scheduled to begin the 6-hour, 3-minute excursion Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. EST.

N5VHO – Tue, 2011 – 02 – 15 10:14

Crew Attaches HTV; Progress ready to launch

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Expedition 26 Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli used the station’s robotic arm to attach the unpiloted Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV2) to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9:51 a.m. EST Thursday.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched HTV2 aboard an H-IIB rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan at 12:37 a.m. (2:27 p.m. Japan time) on Saturday.

N5VHO – Thu, 2011 – 01 – 27 15:47

Crew Prepares for HTV2 Arrival

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Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli and Catherine Coleman brushed up on robotics and cargo transfer procedures Monday in preparation for the arrival of the Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV2) on Thursday. The crew will use the station’s robot arm to grapple Kounotori2 at 6:44 a.m. EST with berthing to Harmony’s Earth-facing, or nadir port a few hours later.

N5VHO – Tue, 2011 – 01 – 25 15:41

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