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Station Crew Awaits Shuttle Visit

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Nov 5, 2010 9:48 am via: NASA
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While the six Expedition 25 crew members awaited the arrival of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 mission, they remained focused Thursday on their duties aboard the International Space Station, which included unloading cargo from the ISS Progress 40 resupply vehicle, auditing hardware in the Human Resource Facility rack and cleaning ventilation fans throughout the station.

Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineer Scott Kelly cleaned the fans that keep the station’s atmosphere circulating, a job that took longer than expected leaving some additional fans in need of cleaning during the joint mission with the shuttle crew.

Flight Engineer Shannon Walker focused on an audit of the crew’s clothing stores. Russian Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Skripochka worked on a variety of experiments and housekeeping activities, and helped Walker unpack and stow items from the Progress in the Unity module near the port where the Permanent Multipurpose Module will be berthed, full of additional supplies and equipment, once Discovery arrives. The crew also recorded video for use in upcoming educational products.

The Space Shuttle Program Mission Management Team met Thursday morning and decided to delay Discovery’s launch until Friday at 3:04 p.m. EDT due to weather. If Discovery launches Friday, it will dock with the station on Sunday at 10:55 a.m. EST. Discovery is delivering the Permanent Multipurpose Module and Robonaut 2.

The station’s residents also had several opportunities for Earth observation and photography Thursday as they orbited the world every 90 minutes. Among the sites suggested for photography were New Delhi, India, and Teide Volcano in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa.

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