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2001 International Space Station Status Report #2



SUBMITTED BBY ARTHUR Z. ROWE N1ORC

2001  Report # 2 
 2 p.m. CST, Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 
 Expedition Four Crew 
 
 The Expedition Four crew is completing its fifth week in space aboard
the International Space Station, continuing preparations for the first
spacewalk of the five-month mission. The six-hour spacewalk by Commander
Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineer Carl Walz is scheduled to begin at
2:56 p.m. CST, Monday, Jan. 14.
 
This week, with the assistance of their crewmate, Flight Engineer Dan
Bursch, the two spacewalkers outfitted and tested their Russian Orlan
spacesuits and prepared the tools and equipment they will use on Monday. 


After exiting the station from the Russian Pirs docking compartment,
Onufrienko and Walz will use a Russian cargo crane that is already
installed on Pirs to relocate a similar crane from the station's
Pressurized Mating Adapter 1 onto Pirs. On future spacewalks, the two
cranes, called Strela (the Russian word for “arrow”), can be used to
maneuver equipment and spacewalkers on the station's exterior. Onufrienko
and Walz also will install an amateur radio antenna on a handrail at the
end of the Zvezda service module.

Monday’s spacewalk will be the thirty-second in support of the assembly
of the International Space Station, the seventh such excursion conducted
from the station itself, and the sixth based out of the station’s Russian
segment. A second spacewalk this month — to be conducted by Onufrienko
and Bursch — is targeted for Jan. 25. The plan for this spacewalk
currently includes the installation of thruster deflector shields on the
end of Zvezda.

In addition to preparing for next week’s spacewalk, the Expedition Four
crew continued a series of upgrades to the station’s computer hardware.
The crew also completed the first session of a Human Life Sciences
experiment called Renal, which is investigating ways to prevent the
formation of renal stones during long-duration spaceflights. 

For the latest information on the crew's activities aboard the space
station, future launch dates and times, as well as station sighting
opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, please visit the Web at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov. Details on station science operations can be
found on the Web site of the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. at:
http://www.scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov.
 
The next ISS status report will be issued Jan. 14 after completion of the
spacewalk.
-END-





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