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Crew Observes Moment of Silence, Prepares for Spacewalk

Published by Matt on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:34 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 26 crew aboard the orbiting International Space Station observed the National Moment of Silence Monday in honor of the victims of the Tucson, Arizona shooting Saturday. Those victims include Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly, who is the twin brother of Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly.

Flight Engineers Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka checked out systems in the Pirs docking compartment airlock Monday in preparation for an upcoming spacewalk to continue the external outfitting of the Russian segment of the station. The six-hour excursion is slated for Jan. 21.

In addition, fellow Flight Engineer Catherine Coleman helped Kondratyev and Skripochka gather tools for the spacewalk.

Coleman and Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli reviewed robotics procedures for the capture of the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle Kounotori on Jan. 27 and checked out the proximity operations hardware that the cargo craft will use in its final approach to the station.

Kelly worked with the Marangoni experiment, a fluid physics experiment that observes the flow of a fluid driven by surface tension.

The complex’s Waste Hygiene Compartment (WHC) shut down due to a problem with a waste separator Saturday. The crew worked late that day to replace the pump component, after which the WHC was reactivated and is operating normally once again.

Space Shuttle Program managers are discussing late February launch dates for Discovery’s STS-133 mission to the orbital complex as repairs to small cracks on the spacecraft’s external tank continue.

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