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Station Crew Set for Nov. 1 Spacewalk, New Crew Preps for Tuesday Launch

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:29 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 33 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station Friday made preparations for an upcoming spacewalk, while preparations for the launch of three additional crew members continue at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Commander Sunita Williams of NASA and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will venture outside the orbiting laboratory on Nov. 1 to repair an ammonia leak on one of the station’s port-side radiators. Ammonia is circulated through the station’s external thermal control systems to keep the electronics and other systems cool.

The excursion is scheduled to begin at 7:15 a.m. EDT and last approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes. NASA will hold a news conference on NASA TV at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, to preview the upcoming spacewalk.

To prepare for the spacewalk, Williams and Hoshide participated in a conference with flight controllers on the ground and configured spacewalking tools. They also performed spacesuit checkouts and tested the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) equipment.

Williams also took surface samples for microbial analysis with the Environmental Health System Surface Sample Kit and performed a water transfer to the Water Processing Assembly storage tank.

Later, Williams had some time set aside to answer some questions about her stay aboard the station during an in-flight interview with CollectSpace.com.

Hoshide collected air samples for microbial analysis using the Microbial Air Sampler and installed Radiation Environment Monitors on five Station Support Computers throughout the orbiting laboratory.

He also worked with the Resist Tubule experiment, which studies the mechanisms of gravity resistance, in particular the processes from signal transformation and transduction to response.

Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko worked in the Russian segment of the station, monitoring its systems and performing a variety of housekeeping and maintenance duties.

Malenchenko also worked with a Russian experiment known as Relaxation, which examines chemical luminescent reactions from jet engine exhaust in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Over the weekend, the station residents will continue ongoing scientific research and perform their regular maintenance duties. They also will enjoy some off-duty time and have an opportunity to speak with family members.

Meanwhile, three additional Expedition 33 flight engineers continue launch preparations at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Kevin Ford, and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, are set to launch aboard their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft at 6:51 a.m. EDT on Tuesday for a five-month mission on the station. The Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft and rocket are set to be rolled out to the launch pad at site 31 on Sunday.

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