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ISS Crew Prepares for Spacewalk

Published by Matt on Tue Jan 5, 2010 9:21 am via: NASA
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Orbiting high above the Earth, the Expedition 22 crew aboard the International Space Station prepared Monday for an upcoming spacewalk while keeping up with its regular science and maintenance duties.

Seated next to Spacecraft Communicator Jay Marschke, Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger (right) speaks with the International Space Station’s Expedition 22 crew while visiting the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Credit: NASA

Seated next to Spacecraft Communicator Jay Marschke, Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger (right) speaks with the International Space Station’s Expedition 22 crew while visiting the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Credit: NASA

Flight Engineers Maxim Suraev and Oleg Kotov continued preparations for the Russian spacewalk out of the Pirs docking compartment that is scheduled for Jan. 14. The spacewalkers will ready the Mini-Research Module 2, known as Poisk, for its first docking, which will occur when Suraev and Commander Jeff Williams relocate the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft from the aft port of the Zvezda service module on Jan. 21. Suraev and Kotov spent time reviewing the spacewalk timeline and gathering tools for the planned six-hour excursion.

Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi began reviewing procedures and checking out hardware for the assembly of the Japanese Kibo laboratory’s Small Fine Arm, which will be used to conduct intricate work with experiments outside Kibo in the future.

Flight Engineers T. J. 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.

While visiting NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger spoke with the station crew. “Everybody down here’s proud of you,” he told Williams. Sullenberger successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009 saving 155 passengers and crew

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