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Station Crew Follows Irene, Moves on After Supply Vehicle Loss

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:34 am via: NASA
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The International Space Station passed over Hurricane Irene several times this week. The crew has captured imagery and video as the storm passed from the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic coast of the southern U.S.

While a Russian commission looks into the root cause of the loss of a Progress supply ship that failed to reach orbit Wednesday, ground teams are preparing an integrated assessment of the impact of the loss on station supplies, equipment, and crew rotation schedules for Monday’s meeting of the station’s Mission Management Team.

International Space Station Program Manager Michael Suffredini will hold a press conference Monday at 10 a.m. EDT at the Johnson Space Center to discuss the status of the vehicle loss investigation and impacts to upcoming vehicle launches and crew exchanges. That status briefing will be carried live on NASA TV. There are enough supplies on board to last the crew into March without needing an additional cargo delivery.

The six-member Expedition 28 crew has replanned its scheduled activities onboard the orbiting laboratory in the wake of the vehicle loss. However, the crew is continuing critical science research and ensuring the station operates in good shape.

Commander Andrey Borisenko worked on the ongoing Russian Earth observation experiment URAGAN, or “Hurricane”. The object is to photograph the effects of man-made or natural disasters on the Earth over time.

Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev continued this week’s work on the RUSALKA experiment. Utilizing a camera and spectrum analyzer, RUSALKA is testing procedures that will measure levels of carbon dioxide and methane in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Flight Engineer Sergei Volkov videotaped his fellow crew members at work on the International Space Station. The footage is being captured for a documentary about life in orbit.

Flight Engineers Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa performed complex plumbing work in the Harmony module. The Waste and Hygiene Compartment’s pre-treat tank was removed and replaced. Due to possible exposure to hazardous chemicals the astronauts wore goggles and gloves as they checked cable connections and performed a leak check.

Flight Engineer Ron Garan spent time preparing for his return to Earth as well as restowing items in the PMA 2 and seeing to routine maintenance of battery chargers in the station’s airlock.

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