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Station Crew Turns Attention to STS-135

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jul 7, 2011 9:10 am via: NASA
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The six-member Expedition 28 crew is directing its attention to the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis. STS-135, the final mission of the shuttle program, with its four crew members, is scheduled for launch Friday at 11:26 a.m. EDT.

In the moments before Atlantis’ scheduled Sunday docking, station crew members will photograph its thermal protection system for analysis on the ground. Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa, Alexander Samokutyaev and Sergei Volkov studied the photography procedures they will follow during the back flip Atlantis will perform before docking to the station.

Station flight engineers Mike Fossum and Ron Garan will perform the only spacewalk planned during Atlantis’ stay on flight day five. The astronauts conducted a lengthy timeline review on Wednesday with specialists on the ground. The duo’s primary tasks during the 6-1/2 hour spacewalk include removing a failed ammonia pump and installing a long-duration exposure experiment.

Fossum and Furukawa continued prepacking gear for return home aboard Atlantis. Fossum also configured spacewalking gear such as cameras, tethers and transfer bags.

Furukawa had time set aside in the Kibo laboratory module to transfer botanical samples from the CsPINs experiment to a science freezer. CsPINs studies cucumber seedlings’ growth patterns in microgravity. He also conducted a leak check of the gear that houses the Japanese plant experiment.

Commander Andrey Borisenko worked in the Russian segment of the orbital laboratory. He continued science activities as well as cargo transfers from the docked ISS Progress 43 resupply craft.

Garan began his day performing some plumbing work in the Waste and Hygiene Compartment. He also worked inside the Destiny laboratory to remove and replace the Major Constituency Analyzer drawer from the Atmosphere Revitalization Rack.

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