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Station Crew Prepares for Russian and U.S. Spacewalks

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Jan 6, 2010 9:20 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – The Expedition 22 crew members aboard the International Space Station tackled a variety of tasks Tuesday as they prepared for spacewalks and assembled robotics hardware.

As they wrap up their second week aboard the orbiting complex, the station’s newest flight engineers, T.J. Creamer, Soichi Noguchi and Oleg Kotov, each had a final session of crew orientation and adaptation — an hour of free time set aside to study the layout of the station and learn to move about in its large habitable space. The new crew members were welcomed aboard Dec. 22 by Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev when their Soyuz docked with the station.

NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Expedition 22 flight engineer, is pictured near candy floating freely in the Harmony node of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Expedition 22 flight engineer, is pictured near candy floating freely in the Harmony node of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Working in the Russian segment of the station, cosmonauts Suraev and Kotov set up emergency medical equipment and serviced their Orlan spacesuits as they continued preparations for a six-hour spacewalk out of the Pirs docking compartment 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 Williams relocate the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft from the aft port of the Zvezda service module on Jan. 21.

Williams and Noguchi began 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.

Meanwhile, Creamer spent part of his day changing filters on the U.S. spacesuits in the Quest airlock as the crew prepares tools and equipment for the STS-130 mission. When space shuttle Endeavour arrives in February, the crew will conduct three spacewalks and install the Tranquility node and the seven-windowed Cupola.

Williams, Creamer and Noguchi took a break from their work to talk with reporters back on Earth. The crew fielded questions from KTRH radio in Houston and Bill Hemmer of Fox News.

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