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Station Crew Wraps Up Busy Week, Prepares for New Crew Members

Published by Matt on Mon Oct 4, 2010 1:03 pm via: NASA
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Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin began their day aboard the International Space Station by participating in Friday’s planning conference with flight control teams on Earth and performing some routine morning inspections.

Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock works on the station’s treadmill in the Tranquility node. Credit: NASA TV

Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock works on the station’s treadmill in the Tranquility node. Credit: NASA TV

Wheelock then performed maintenance on the station’s treadmill, also known as T2, in the Tranquility node. T2 needed to be removed earlier this week to access the back of the Water Recovery System rack, which required the installation of a new T-hose on the system’s Water Processing Apparatus.

Walker worked with the EarthKam experiment, updating its software and performing an operational checkout.

Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin worked in the Russian segment of the station, conducting routine maintenance and monitoring its systems.

Throughout the day, the crew had time set aside for Earth observation and photography. The targets for Friday included Dili, East Timor; Baghdad, Iraq; Asmara, Eritrea; Bujumbura, Burundi; and Mount Rainier, Wash.

Wheelock and Walker participated in an in-flight educational event Wednesday, talking with students from Parker Elementary School, Johnston Middle School and Westbury High School in Houston. Walker, the first native Houstonian astronaut, attended all three schools.

Over the weekend, the crew members will complete their daily physical exercise routines to counteract the effects of long-term exposure to weightlessness in space. They also will enjoy some off-duty time, continue regular maintenance duties and have an opportunity to speak with family members.

Three new Expedition 25 crew members are preparing for their launch aboard the new Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft. Flight Engineers Scott Kelly, Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri are in their crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, training and exercising before their Oct. 7 launch. They are scheduled to dock to the International Space Station Oct. 9 returning the orbiting laboratory to six-member crew operations.

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