Status Report

ISS Status Report #22 Expedition Two Crew Thursday, July 5, 2001 – 4 p.m. CDT

By SpaceRef Editor
July 5, 2001
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Another week of testing the International Space Station’s robotic arm and
cataloging onboard inventory has been the focus for the Expedition Two crew
as the launch of Atlantis delivering the Airlock approaches.

The checkout of the Space Station Remote Manipulator System – Canadarm2 –
continued this week with testing the positions and sequences that will be
used for the installation of high pressure oxygen and nitrogen tanks on the
outside of the Airlock after it is installed on the Unity module of the

Working from the Robotics Work Station inside the Destiny Laboratory, Flight
Engineers Susan Helms and Jim Voss maneuvered the arm on its redundant, or
backup, string of software to essentially qualify the arm for its first
operational task scheduled to commence after Atlantis arrives late next

Atlantis’ launch is scheduled for 4:04 a.m. Central time, July 12 with
docking to the station late on the evening of July 13. Tucked in the shuttle
‘s payload bay is the 6.5 ton Airlock that will add space walk capability to
the orbiting outpost.

While Atlantis is being readied for next week’s visit to the station,
Discovery stands poised on the other shuttle launch pad ready to deliver the
next resident crew to the station in August. Expedition Three will be
commanded by veteran astronaut Frank Culbertson along with two Russian
cosmonauts Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Turin.

Expedition Two Commander Yury Usachev, Voss and Helms also continue to
oversee a variety of science investigations. Oversight from the ground is
handled by the Payload Operations Center at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville, AL, except for the Human Research Facility, which is
monitored and controlled from the Telescience Support Center (TSC) at the
Johnson Space Center, Houston. For details on ISS science, visit the
following website:

The International Space Station (ISS) is orbiting in excellent shape at an
altitude averaging 240 miles (385 km). Sighting opportunities from the
ground for many cities around the world can be viewed at:

ISS information will be combined within the shuttle status reports beginning
next Thursday. The next ISS status report will be issued on the first
Wednesday following completion of the STS-104 mission.

SpaceRef staff editor.