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Maintenance for Station Crew While Cargo Vehicle Preparations Continue

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jan 6, 2011 10:19 am via: NASA
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Commander Scott Kelly spent most of Wednesday working on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment located in the Destiny laboratory. The American toilet has been onboard the International Space Station for two years and was scheduled for leak checks and a change out of valves, hoses and sensors.

Flight Engineers Catherine Coleman and Paolo Nespoli took computer training to refresh their knowledge of the U.S. spacesuit’s caution and warning system. From inside the Quest airlock Nespoli continued configuring spacesuits should a spacewalk be necessary in preparation for the arrival of a Japanese cargo craft at the end of January.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is set to launch its second H-II Transfer Vehicle at the end of the month. After arriving at the station the automated cargo craft will be grappled by Canadarm2, the station’s robotic arm, and berthed to a docking port on the Harmony module. In preparation controllers on the ground Wednesday commanded the robotic arm to grapple a fixture on the Harmony module and remove itself from the Mobile Base System, which moves along on the truss structure.

Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Dmitry Kondratyev continued station handover activities after Expedition 26 began six-member operations on Dec. 17. The two cosmonauts also worked on ventilation systems and photo-documented windows in the Russian segment.

Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri spent Wednesday stowing the ISS Progress 40 resupply craft with disposable items. The Russian resupply craft will undock at the end of the month for a fiery reentry over the Pacific Ocean. The new ISS Progress 41 vehicle will arrive at the station a week later to take its place.

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