ISS Status Report

ISS Status Report

Station Crew Hard at Work; New Trio Prepares for Launch

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While three Expedition 26 crew members are hard at work in space, another trio is preparing for a 2:09 p.m. EST (1:09 a.m. Thursday, Baikonur time) launch today from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri are conducting a Russian experiment designed to detect depressurization. The experiment’s purpose is to increase spaceflight safety by detecting pressure leaks inside a spacecraft and understanding how they occur.

N5VHO – Wed, 2010 – 12 – 15 14:51

Soyuz Rolls Out to Launch Pad

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The Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft that will carry Expedition 26 Flight Engineers Catherine Coleman, Paolo Nespoli and Dmitry Kondratyev to the International Space Station this week was rolled out to the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Monday morning. The trio continued to prepare for their launch on Wednesday (Thursday, Baikonur time) and docking to the station two days later.

N5VHO – Tue, 2010 – 12 – 14 10:28

Crew Kicks Off New Week of Research

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Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly worked with several experiments Monday, including Sleep-Wake Actigraphy and Light Exposure During Spaceflight-Long. The experiment examines the effects of spaceflight and ambient light exposure on the sleep-wake cycles of the crew members during long-duration stays on the space station. The data collected will aid in understanding the effects of spaceflight on sleep as well as in the development of effective countermeasures for long-duration spaceflight.

N5VHO – Tue, 2010 – 12 – 07 08:02

Expedition 26 Trio Awaiting Three New Members

ISS Status Report[img][/img] Expedition 26 Flight Engineers Catherine Coleman, Paolo Nespoli and Dmitry Kondratyev meet with Russian space officials before their Dec. 15 launch to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA The three-member Expedition 26 crew is busy onboard the International Space Station while waiting for a new trio due to arrive on Dec. 17. Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka have been onboard the station since Oct. 9.
N5VHO – Thu, 2010 – 12 – 02 15:36

Station Crew Awaits Soyuz, Shuttle Dockings

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All systems aboard the orbiting International Space Station continued to function well Tuesday, as the three-person Expedition 26 crew tackled some light-duty maintenance tasks while awaiting the arrival of three additional flight engineers aboard a Soyuz on Dec. 17 as well as the launch of space shuttle Discovery.

Commander Scott Kelly spent some time cleaning fans that provide crucial ventilation throughout the modules. With the absence of any natural wind to circulate the air, these fans prevent pockets of carbon dioxide from building up inside the closed space station atmosphere.

N5VHO – Wed, 2010 – 12 – 01 13:33

Crew Completes Post-Spacewalk Duties

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After the completion of a successful six-hour, 27-minute spacewalk Monday, the Expedition 25 crew members aboard the International Space Station worked on a variety of post-spacewalk activities and science experiments Tuesday.

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N5VHO – Wed, 2010 – 11 – 17 14:03

Crew Completes Spacewalk

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Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Skripochka ended Monday’s spacewalk at 4:22 p.m. EST. The excursion lasted six hours and 27 minutes.

The primary assembly and maintenance objectives of the spacewalk were to install a multipurpose workstation on the starboard side of the Zvezda service module’s large-diameter section and relocate a television camera from one end of the Rassvet docking compartment to the other.

N5VHO – Tue, 2010 – 11 – 16 10:48

Crew Prepares for Monday Spacewalk, Continues Science

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Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Fyodor Yurchikhin are preparing their Russian Orlan spacesuits for Monday’s six-hour spacewalk. They are conducting a fit check in advance of a dress rehearsal on Friday. On Monday, the spacewalkers will install a workstation, clean and remove science hardware and investigate the possibility of bio-organisms on the outside of the station.

Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri worked in the Russian side of the International Space Station. He spent time cleaning filters and conducting an audit of the Inventory Management System.

N5VHO – Fri, 2010 – 11 – 12 12:03

Science, Maintenance, Spacewalk Preparations for Crew

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An Expedition 25 crew member aboard the International Space Station took this night time image of the Florida peninsula. Credit: NASA

Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Scott Kelly worked with the Sleep-Wake Actigraphy and Light Exposure during Spaceflight, or SLEEP, experiment Friday. SLEEP examines the effects of space flight and ambient light exposure on the sleep-wake cycles of the crew members during their stays on the International Space Station.

N5VHO – Mon, 2010 – 11 – 08 12:35

Crew Completes Progress Undocking Preparations

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Expedition 25 Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin closed and performed leak checks on the hatch between the International Space Station and the ISS Progress 37 cargo ship Friday, completing preparations for the craft’s undocking.

The Progress is scheduled to undock from the Pirs docking compartment Monday at 10:25 a.m. EDT. It will spend three weeks orbiting a safe distance from the station to enable Russian engineers to conduct technology experiments before being deorbited Nov. 15.

N5VHO – Sat, 2010 – 10 – 23 19:31

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