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Station Crew Busy with Maintenance, Cargo Transfers and Spacewalk Preps

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 9, 2010 8:34 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 24 crew of the International Space Station was busy Thursday with a variety of maintenance activities, cargo transfers and preparations for upcoming spacewalks.

Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson continued maintenance on the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly, the component of the Air Revitalization System which scrubs carbon dioxide from the station’s environment.

Expedition 24 Flight Engineer Shannon Walker answers questions during interviews with television stations in Houston. Credit: NASA TV

Expedition 24 Flight Engineer Shannon Walker answers questions during interviews with television stations in Houston. Credit: NASA TV

Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineers Mikhail Kornienko and Fyodor Yurchikhin unloaded cargo from the ISS Progress 38 cargo vehicle, which docked to the station Sunday using the Kurs automated rendezvous docking system.

Crew members working with specialists on Earth continued tests of the Russian telerobotically operated rendezvous system, or TORU, that is suspected of triggering an aborted docking of the Progress last Friday. Initial tests could not replicate the problem that is believed to have originated with the activation of the TORU’s TV transmitter. Analysis is ongoing.

Flight Engineer Shannon Walker performed routine scrubbing on the cooling loops in the spacesuits that will be worn by Wheelock and Caldwell Dyson in August. Another spacewalk to outfit the recently installed Rassvet module is scheduled for late July and will be performed by Yurchikhin and Kornienko wearing Russian spacesuits.

Walker also spent a few minutes talking about the progress of her mission and life on the station during interviews with three Houston television stations. Walker is the first Houston native to fly in space.

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