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Old 02-18-2008, 12:39 PM   #91
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Expedition 16 Bids Atlantis Crew Farewell


Image above: View of the International Space Station from the space shuttle Atlantis. Photo credit: NASA

Space Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station at 4:24 a.m. EST today, ending its almost-nine-day stay at the orbital outpost.

STS-122 delivered the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus laboratory to the station. The crew members conducted three spacewalks to prepare Columbus for its scientific work, and they replaced an expended nitrogen tank on the station’s P1 truss.

In addition, Atlantis delivered a new station crew member, Flight Engineer Leopold Eyharts, an ESA astronaut. He replaced astronaut Daniel Tani, who is returning to Earth aboard Atlantis.

For the latest news and information on the STS-122 mission, visit the main shuttle page.
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Old 02-18-2008, 12:41 PM   #92
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:12 PM   #93
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The ISS looks a little bit like a sailing ship on the above pic. It's terrific.
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This has to be one of the best ISS pics I have ever seen

Expedition 16 Bids Atlantis Crew Farewell


Image above: View of the International Space Station from the space shuttle Atlantis. Photo credit: NASA

Space Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station at 4:24 a.m. EST Monday, ending its almost-nine-day stay at the orbital outpost.

STS-122 delivered the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus laboratory to the station. The crew members conducted three spacewalks to prepare Columbus for its scientific work, and they replaced an expended nitrogen tank on the station’s P1 truss.

In addition, Atlantis delivered a new station crew member, Flight Engineer Leopold Eyharts, an ESA astronaut. He replaced astronaut Daniel Tani, who is returning to Earth aboard Atlantis.
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Crew Watches Atlantis Landing


Image above: View of the International Space Station from the space shuttle Atlantis. Photo credit: NASA

The Expedition 16 crew enjoyed a light-duty day aboard the International Space Station on Wednesday.

After daily space station inspections and crew meetings, Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Leopold Eyharts continued to unpack supplies and equipment delivered by the STS-122 crew aboard space shuttle Atlantis.

The crew took a break from their activities to watch the landing of space shuttle Atlantis and the STS-122 crew via a live video uplink. Atlantis and its crew landed at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Wednesday at 9:07 am EST.

For the latest news and information on the STS-122 mission, visit the main shuttle page.
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Old 02-22-2008, 01:39 PM   #96
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Science Takes Root Aboard Station


Image above: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson works inside the Destiny Laboratory. Photo credit: NASA TV

Soaring high above the Earth, the Expedition 16 crew was busy with science and maintenance aboard the International Space Station Thursday.

In addition to regular station upkeep, the crew worked to set up a variety of experiments focusing on the effects on plant growth of the zero gravity environment of space. These included an experiment studying the formation of roots in weightlessness.

Flight Engineer Leopold Eyharts, the crew’s newest member, spent time familiarizing himself with his new home aboard the orbital outpost. He took a break from his work to talk via ham radio with students at the Robespierre School in Rueil-Malmaison, France.

The crew members completed their daily physical exercise routines to counteract the effects of long-term exposure to weightlessness in space.

For the latest news and information on the STS-122 mission, visit the main shuttle page.
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Science and Maintenance Continues Aboard Station


Image above: Backdropped by the blackness of space, the International Space Station is seen from space shuttle Atlantis. Photo credit: NASA

After a busy week that consisted of the outfitting of the Columbus module and the departure of space shuttle Atlantis, the Expedition 16 crew carried on with science and maintenance aboard the International Space Station on Friday.

Flight Engineer Leopold Eyharts continued initial scientific investigations with the Biolab facility in the Columbus module.

Maintenance on the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly in the Destiny Laboratory was performed by Commander Peggy Whitson.

The crew also upgraded the navigational software in Russian laptop computers in advance of the launch of the "Jules Verne" Automated Transfer Vehicle scheduled for March 7.

Additionally, routine body mass measurements were taken by the crew members after completing their daily physical exercise routines to counteract the effects of long-term exposure to weightlessness in space.
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Station Crew Begins New Week of Science


Image above: Paris, France is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 16 crew member on the International Space Station. Prominent is the characteristic "A" profile of the Eiffel Tower highlighted by morning sunlight. Photo credit: NASA

Systems aboard the International Space Station continue to perform well as the Expedition 16 crew kicked off a new week of science research and station maintenance.

The crew began Monday collecting blood samples for an ongoing study of human physiological changes during long-duration spaceflight. The results of this experiment will aid in the definition of nutritional requirements and development of food systems for future space exploration missions to the moon and Mars.

Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko continued unloading and inventorying supplies that arrived aboard the ISS Progress 28 spacecraft on Feb. 7. Progress 28 delivered nearly 5,200 pounds of cargo to the orbital outpost.

Commander Peggy Whitson worked with the Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions 2 (InSPACE-2) experiment. InSPACE looks at fluids that change properties in response to magnetic fields and collects data that can be used to develop or improve brake systems and robotics.

The newest Expedition crew member, Flight Engineer Léopold Eyharts, took a break from working with the station's Biological Experiment Laboratory to talk with students at Collège Reydellet in Saint-Denis, Ile de la Réunion.
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Crew Stays on Track with Science, Station Maintenance


Image above: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson checks the progress of plants growing in the Russian Lada greenhouse in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA

The Expedition 16 crew aboard the International Space Station worked Tuesday on science experiments and station maintenance.

Commander Peggy Whitson performed monthly maintenance on the station’s treadmill with vibration isolation system. This treadmill is one of several devices available to the expedition crew for daily exercise to counteract the effects of long-duration spaceflight.

After performing routine maintenance on the Elektron oxygen generator, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko relocated the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) control panel. The first ATV, named Jules Verne, is set to launch to the station from French Guiana on an Ariane 5 in early March. The ATV docks automatically with the station, though station crew members can take charge of the process if difficulties arise.

Flight Engineer Leopold Eyharts continued collecting samples for an ongoing study of human physiological changes during long-duration spaceflight. He also participated in interviews with three French television networks.
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Station Reboost Early Thursday


Image above: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson talks to reporters in her home state of Iowa on Wednesday. Photo credit: NASA TV

As ground support personnel prepared to boost the International Space Station to a higher altitude, the crew aboard the orbital outpost worked with science experiments and reviewed emergency procedures Wednesday.

After completing the morning’s activities and taking a lunch break, the Expedition 16 crew reviewed emergency procedures for the station’s newest addition, the Columbus module. This is a standard procedure for any new module.

Later, Commander Peggy Whitson spoke with reporters in her home state of Iowa.

Engines on the station’s Zvezda service module will fire Thursday at 12:16 a.m. EST for about two minutes, providing a further refinement to the 36-minute burn conducted during docked operations with space shuttle Atlantis on the recent STS-122 mission. This will complete the altitude adjustment needed to optimize rendezvous opportunities with space shuttle Endeavour, scheduled to launch March 11 for STS-123.

The reboost also places the station in the correct phasing for the launch of the Expedition 17 crew on the Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft on April 8 and the landing of the Expedition 16 crew on the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft on April 19.
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Station Reboost Successful


Image above: Perth, Australia is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 16 crew member on the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA

After an early morning station reboost, science and maintenance occupied the Expedition 16 crew’s time Thursday aboard the International Space Station.

Engines on the station’s Zvezda service module fired at 12:16 a.m. EST for about two minutes, providing a further refinement to the 36-minute burn conducted during docked operations with space shuttle Atlantis on the recent STS-122 mission. This completes the altitude adjustment needed to optimize rendezvous opportunities with space shuttle Endeavour, scheduled to launch March 11 for STS-123.

The reboost also places the station in the correct phasing for the launch of the Expedition 17 crew on the Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft on April 8 and the landing of the Expedition 16 crew on the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft on April 19.

Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko conducted a test of TORU, the Russian telerobotically operated approach and docking system. The crew can use TORU to monitor the docking of a Progress spacecraft with the station or take control of the process if difficulties arise.

Malenchenko later set up the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) control panel. The first ATV, named Jules Verne, is set to launch to the station from French Guiana on an Ariane 5 rocket on March 7.

After a break for lunch, Whitson assisted the newest expedition crew member, Flight Engineer Léopold Eyharts, with a review of emergency equipment aboard the station.

Whitson also worked with the Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions 2 (InSPACE-2) experiment. InSPACE looks at fluids that change properties in response to magnetic fields and collects data that can be used to develop or improve brake systems and robotics.
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Crew Preps for New Arrivals


Image above: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson works with spacesuits in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA TV

Orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 16 crew spent Friday wrapping up a busy week with preparations for an upcoming visit from space shuttle Endeavour carrying the station’s new Japanese module.

After a weekly conference between the station crew and the Russian flight control team, Commander Peggy Whitson installed the Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) in the Harmony module. The CBCS will provide visual cues to the astronauts as they install the Japanese Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section (JLP), which is being delivered by Endeavour on the STS-123 mission in March. JLP is the first component of Kibo, the Japanese Experiment Module, to be launched to the station.

Whitson later moved to the Quest airlock to perform maintenance on the cooling loops of the U.S. spacesuits. Five spacewalks are planned while Endeavour is at the station.

Whitson also worked with the Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions 2 (InSPACE-2) experiment. InSPACE looks at fluids that change properties in response to magnetic fields and collects data that can be used to develop or improve brake systems and robotics.

Earlier in the week, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko set up the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) control panel. The first ATV, named Jules Verne, is set to launch to the station from French Guiana on an Ariane 5 rocket on March 8. The ATV will dock automatically with the station after the departure of STS-123, though station crew members can take charge of the process if difficulties arise.

The station’s newest crew member, Flight Engineer Leopold Eyharts, spent some time this week with orientation activities, familiarizing himself with procedures and onboard equipment. He also collected a number of blood and urine samples for an ongoing study of human physiological changes during long-duration spaceflight.
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Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle Delayed


Image above: Perth Amboy, New Jersey is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 16 crew member on the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA

On Saturday, Arianespace and the European Space Agency delayed for one day the maiden launch of the Jules Verne cargo craft from Kourou, French Guiana. The 24 hour delay is due to a technical concern about the Automated Transfer Vehicle and the Ariane 5 launcher separation system. Launch of the Jules Verne is now scheduled for Saturday at 11:03 p.m. EST.

The Expedition 16 crew was busy with maintenance duties aboard the International Space Station Monday.

Expedition Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Leopold Eyharts performed a bi-annual maintenance check of the TVIS (Treadmill with Vibration Isolation System). Crew members exercise using the TVIS to counteract the effects of long-term exposure to weightlessness in space.

Whitson also conducted a routine checkout of the space station’s emergency portable breathing apparatus and fire extinguishers.

Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko took air measurements with the AU-1 ultrasound analyzer. The data collected will be used to detect air-leakage aboard the International Space Station.
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Business as Usual on the International Space Station


Image above: Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle, “Jules Verne,” undergoes pre-flight processing before being integrated into the Ariane 5 rocket in Kourou, French Guiana. Photo credit: ESA

It’s business as usual aboard the International Space Station while the Expedition 16 crew awaits hardware from Japan, Canada and Europe.

A multitude of ongoing activities is keeping the station crew busy. Science inside the Destiny lab, HAM radio sessions with ground participants, Russian maintenance and upcoming mission preps occupy the crew’s timeline.

Commander Peggy Whitson has been activating the Microgravity Science Glovebox to study how special fluids behave when exposed to a magnetic field. French astronaut and flight engineer Léopold Eyharts held a HAM radio session with students in Toulouse, France. Cosmonaut and flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko continues maintenance and oxygen repress activities from the Russian side of the space station.

Meanwhile, Europe’s new station resupply ship, the Automated Transfer Vehicle, is scheduled for launch Saturday at 11:03 p.m. EST. Space shuttle Endeavour is set for launch on Tuesday, March 11 at 2:28 a.m. Endeavour will deliver the first part of Japan’s new laboratory and Canada’s new robotic arm extension called Dextre.
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Station Activities Ramp-up as East Prepares to Meet West


Image above: This illustration depicts the International Space Station’s configuration after the STS-123 crew delivers and installs new hardware. Credit: NASA

Station crew members and personnel from around the world are preparing for an international array of hardware to reach orbit over the next few days.

Japan’s new laboratory “Kibo” will have its first section, the pressurized logistics module, installed after space shuttle Endeavour launches on March 11. Canada’s new two-armed robotic manipulator also will be in Endeavour's cargo bay.

Europe’s new station resupply ship, the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), is scheduled for launch Saturday at 11:03 p.m. EST. The ATV will launch on an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.

Meanwhile, the Expedition 16 crew is preparing for the arrival of Endeavour on the STS-123 mission. They are reviewing robotics procedures and tagging up with specialists on the ground.

Europe’s new Columbus laboratory is operational with the crew performing experiments and the control center in Germany is monitoring operations.
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