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ISS Crew Prepares for Spacewalk, Builds Robotic Arm

Published by Matt on Thu Jan 7, 2010 9:44 am via: NASA
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The International Space Station’s Expedition 22 crew continued spacewalk preparations, robotics and science experimentation Wednesday.

Preparations for the six-hour spacewalk scheduled for Jan. 14 continued as Flight Engineers Maxim Suraev and Oleg Kotov serviced their Russian Orlan spacesuits. The spacewalkers will exit the Pirs docking compartment to ready the Mini-Research Module 2, known as Poisk (a Russian term that translates to search, seek and explore) 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.

Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi (left), Commander Jeff Williams (center) and Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer demonstrate to students on Earth how mass is measured aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi (left), Commander Jeff Williams (center) and Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer demonstrate to students on Earth how mass is measured aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

Williams and Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi completed the two-day assembly of the Japanese Kibo laboratory’s Small Fine Arm and attached it to the Kibo airlock slide table that will be used to conduct future intricate work with experiments outside Kibo.

Meanwhile, Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer worked with the Multi-User Droplet Combustion Apparatus Flame Extinguishment Experiment that assesses the effectiveness of fire suppressants in microgravity.

Kotov also spent time working with the PNEUMOCARD experiment. This experiment is an integrated study of the cardiovascular systems of crew members in various phases of long durations in space.

Williams, Creamer and Noguchi participated in an in-flight interview, answering questions from students from Winter High School in Winter, Wis., where Williams graduated in 1976.

Back on the ground at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour was positioned on Launch Pad 39A for the targeted Feb. 7 launch of the STS-130 mission to deliver the Tranquility node and cupola, the last major U.S. pressurized elements for the station.

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