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HTV2 Launch Delayed; Crew Prepares for Spacewalk, Arrivals, Departures

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:26 pm via: NASA
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Late Tuesday night, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officials postponed the launch of the “Kounotori” HTV2 cargo ship due to a forecast of thick clouds with freezing layers at the launch site at the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. Launch is now scheduled for 12:37 a.m. EST, 5:37 GMT, on Saturday.

Rendezvous, robotic arm grapple and berthing to the International Space Station will remain the same, scheduled for Jan. 27. JAXA flight controllers will change the approach to a five-day rendezvous to accommodate the launch delay.

Aboard the station, Expedition 26 Flight Engineers Catherine Coleman and Paolo Nespoli and Commander Scott Kelly conducted robotics training Wednesday, rehearsing grapple and berthing techniques for the arrival of Kounotori. They will have additional time Thursday to practice moving the actual arm they will be using, the Canadian Space Agency-provided Canadarm2.

Flight Engineers Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka moved their Orlan spacesuits into the Pirs docking compartment for a thorough checkout of their systems in advance of Friday’s spacewalk. Kondratyev and Skripochka will outfit the Russian segment of the complex and install a TV camera at the docking port of the Rassvet module during the six-hour excursion.

Preparations are nearing completion for the undocking of the ISS Progress 40 cargo craft, which is set to occur Sunday. Progress 40 will descend into a fiery demise in the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. The departure of Progress 40 will clear the docking port on Pirs for the arrival of the next Russian resupply vehicle, ISS Progress 41, on Jan. 29, as it delivers two and a half tons of food, fuel and supplies to the orbiting complex.

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

Coleman performed a session with the Integrated Cardiovascular (ICV) experiment in the Columbus laboratory. ICV researches the extent the heart weakens during long-duration spaceflight and seeks to identify its mechanisms.

Coleman also worked with the Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM) experiment. EarthKAM, an education activity, allows middle school students to program a digital camera aboard the station to photograph a variety of geographical targets for study in the classroom. Photos are made available online for viewing and study by participating schools around the world. Educators use the images for projects involving Earth Science, geography, physics and social science.

Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri inspected filters and cleaned ducts in the ventilation system of the station’s Russian segment.

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