Status Report

ISS Status Report #52 Friday, Nov. 15, 2002

By SpaceRef Editor
November 15, 2002
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The Expedition 5 crewmembers – Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS
Science Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev – spent
their 23rd week in space continuing preparations for the arrival of their
replacements, the Expedition 6 crew.

During the week, Expedition 5 packed, checked and labeled experiment
racks, and did a dry run of the installation of the Port One (P1) truss
segment onto the ISS using the Canadarm2. The crew also performed
maintenance on the VOA (volatile organics analyzer), which looks for volatile
organic compounds in the station’s atmosphere, and replaced a cable on
the station’s treadmill. They also set up the EarthKam equipment to
give over 2,000 students and teachers across the U.S. and Japan a chance
to take pictures of the Earth using a remotely controlled camera aboard
the station. Whitson deactivated the camera Friday, but Expedition 6
will reactivate it for use during its mission.

The space shuttle Endeavour will deliver the Expedition 6 crew, along
with the P1 truss, to the station during the STS-113 mission. The P1
will be the third segment of the station’s integrated truss system to be
launched this year. Part of the station’s backbone, it is one of 11 such
truss segments that will support cooling radiators power-producing
solar arrays and a railroad on which the Canadarm2 can move.

Preparations continue for the launch next week of Endeavour to the ISS
next week.

Information on the crew’s activities, future launch dates, as well as
station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, is available
on the Internet at:

Details on station science operations can be found on an Internet site
administered by the Payload Operations Center at NASA’s Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., at:

The next ISS status report will be incorporated into the first STS-113
mission status report beginning after the launch of Endeavour, or
sooner, if developments warrant.

SpaceRef staff editor.