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ISS - Waste and Hygiene Compartment Reactivated

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:41 pm via: source
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(NASA) – The Expedition 20 and STS-127 crews aboard the International Space Station were given a “go” Monday to use the reactivated Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) in the Destiny laboratory.

Station Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Frank De Winne replaced some parts after the unit’s separator pump became flooded on Sunday. They replaced the separator pump, control panel and a container that holds liquid.

Space shuttle Endeavour recorded this image of the International Space Station as the two spacecraft made their relative approaches prior to docking. Credit: NASA

Space shuttle Endeavour recorded this image of the International Space Station as the two spacecraft made their relative approaches prior to docking. Credit: NASA

The WHC is one of three toilets available to the combined 13-member crew, which had been using a similar facility in the Russian Zvezda module and the facility in space shuttle Endeavour since Sunday’s failure.

The crews are continuing their joint operations during the 16-day space shuttle mission. STS-127 will feature five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory. The astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will allow experiments to be exposed to space.

Padalka and flight engineers Michael Barratt, Koichi Wakata, Roman Romanenko, Robert Thirsk and De Winne welcomed the STS-127 crew aboard the station at 3:48 p.m. EDT Friday. The crew arrived at the station when space shuttle Endeavour docked at 1:47 p.m.

STS-127 is the 129th shuttle mission to visit the station.

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