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Station Crew Focuses on Spacewalk and International Vehicles

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:13 am via: NASA
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Flight Engineers Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka are preparing for Russia’s 28th spacewalk from the International Space Station. The cosmonauts have been working all week readying their spacesuits, tools and the Pirs docking compartment where they will exit the station. The spacewalking duo is scheduled to begin the 5.5 hour excursion Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. EST.

Kondratyev and Skripochka will install a pair of experiments outside the station’s Russian segment. One experiment will collect seismic information to better predict earthquakes. The other experiment will observe radiation emitted during Earth-bound lightning and thunderstorms.

Other spacewalk tasks include retrieving debris panels, and removing and jettisoning a spacewalk foot restraint.

A new cargo craft is set to replenish the International Space Station with about seven tons of cargo, supplies and fuel. The European Space Agency is targeting Tuesday for the launch of its second Automated Transfer Vehicle, “Johannes Kepler,” from Kourou, French Guiana.

To make room for the “Johannes Kepler,” the Progress 39 resupply vehicle will undock from the station’s Zvezda service module on Feb. 20. Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri continued loading the Progress with trash and other discarded gear for a fiery reentry and disposal over the Pacific Ocean.

Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli worked inside the Destiny laboratory to reroute cables. The astronauts temporarily removed racks inside Destiny to access those cables in preparation for later installing a new high bandwidth antenna.

Kelly also spent time working with a fundamental physics experiment that studies colloids, or a substance that is interspersed with another substance.

Flight Engineer Catherine Coleman stowed biological samples inside the Human Research Facility’s freezer. She also performed maintenance work on the Waste and Hygiene compartment.

Exploring 5.5 hour space walk by cosmonauts in Expedition 28 to put the high communicative means in space and other planets,the outer orbit of interplanetary space provides the essential medium for transmittery apparatus which can host at planet like red planet Mars,or the exoplanet in deep universe.
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