Status Report

NASA International Space Station Status Report 28 January 2005

By SpaceRef Editor
January 28, 2005
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NASA International Space Station Status Report 28 January 2005

The International Space Station crew is wrapping up another eventful week,
highlighted by the mission’s first spacewalk.

Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov did a
spacewalk dry run on Monday. They put on their Russian spacesuits, checked
pressures and data streams and then removed them. Tuesday they focused on
configuring Station systems for automated operations. Hatches in the U.S. segment
were closed to isolate each module, and cameras were set up for ground
controllers to monitor the interior.

Sharipov and Chiao stepped outside Wednesday at 2:43 a.m. EST. They completed
their planned tasks in 5 hours and 28 minutes and returned to the Pirs Docking
Compartment. They closed the hatch at 8:11 a.m. EST.

Primary tasks of the spacewalk included installing a small German robotic
experiment, associated cabling and an antenna. They also installed scientific
experiments. They inspected and took pictures for downlink of environmental
control system vents, looking for any contamination that could cause irregular

With the successful spacewalk under their belts, the crew worked the rest of the
week on setting up for normal onboard operations. Yesterday and today, the crew
reconfigured Station systems, stored spacesuits and tools and enjoyed some off-
duty time.

The next spacewalk for Chiao and Sharipov is scheduled for March 25. They will
install the final pieces necessary on the outside of the Station for the arrival
later this year of Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle, an unpiloted cargo

The crew will have the usual light-duty weekend with cleaning and exercise on
tap. Chiao, the NASA Station Science Officer, can also choose from various
research activities for his optional Saturday Morning Science session.

Information about crew activities on the Space Station, future launch dates and
sighting opportunities from Earth, is available on the Internet at:

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SpaceRef staff editor.