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New Station Crew Members Set for Saturday Arrival

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Oct 9, 2010 6:46 am via: NASA
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The Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft is safely in orbit and carrying Flight Engineers Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka to the International Space Station.

They launched Thursday at 7:10 p.m. EDT (Friday, Kazakhstan time) from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazkhstan. They will dock Saturday at 8:02 p.m. to the Poisk module and join Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin.

The Soyuz TMA-01M launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz TMA-01M launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi

While awaiting their new crew mates, the current station residents continue their station maintenance, training and science activities.

Wheelock and Yurchikhin continue troubleshooting a treadmill in the Zvezda service module. Reassembling the treadmill earlier in the week proved difficult after they performed inspections and checkouts as part of its six-month maintenance schedule. The two crew members worked with ground teams in Houston and Moscow to return the exercise device back to operation. The station commander also worked to replace equipment inside the Destiny laboratory’s Combustion Integrated Rack.

Walker worked on spacesuits in the U.S. Quest airlock to clean cooling loops and inspect harnesses. She also trained with 400 mm and 800 mm cameras to prepare for photographing space shuttle Discovery’s heat shield when the shuttle arrives in November. She practiced taking pictures of Earth landmarks as part of her training with the two cameras.

As part of the ongoing Crew Earth Observations experiment, station crew members photograph Earth’s features for research by ground specialists. One target for Friday included Peru’s most active volcano, Ubinas Volcano, with ash and debris extending more than 10 kilometers from the center of it.

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