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Expedition 22 Crew Wraps Up Busy Year Aboard Station

Published by Matt on Fri Jan 1, 2009 3:06 pm via: NASA
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The Expedition 22 crew members are wrapping up a busy week and welcoming in a new year aboard the International Space Station.

Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams services the Advanced Plant Experiments on Orbit-Cambium (APEX-C) payload in the Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS-2 (MELFI-2) in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams services the Advanced Plant Experiments on Orbit-Cambium (APEX-C) payload in the Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS-2 (MELFI-2) in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Commander Jeff Williams, Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev and the three newest multinational crew members, Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer, Oleg Kotov and Soichi Noguchi, conducted an emergency response training drill and talked with ground controllers on Earth. These periodic drills prepare the crew for an escape in the docked Soyuz vehicles in the unlikely event of an emergency serious enough to require evacuation.

Creamer, Kotov and Noguchi had some time set aside for orientation activities to help them transition smoothly to their new environment. They arrived at the station Dec. 22 aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 20.

Suraev and Kotov worked in the Russian section of the station maintaining its systems, performing science experiments and tagging up with specialists on the ground.

Williams, a retired U.S. Army colonel, and Creamer, an Army colonel, saluted U.S. forces in Iraq with a special call to Baghdad Tuesday. Service members had the chance to talk with the astronauts about life on the station, their military careers and what it is like to live in space for up to six months.

As they head into the holiday weekend, Williams took some time to send down thoughts on how the crew would celebrate New Year’s Day.

Over the holiday weekend, the crew will enjoy some more off-duty time and have an opportunity to speak with family members. As usual, the lighter weekend schedule will include regular maintenance and exercise, and opportunities for voluntary science investigations.

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