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Fw: NASA HSF News Digest V1 #8



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR Z. ROWE - N1ORC

Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 16:37:35 -0600 (CST)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: 2002 International Space Station Status Report #8

 3:30 p.m. CST, Friday, Feb. 8, 2002 
 Expedition Four Crew 
 
 This week the Expedition Four crew – Commander Yury Onufrienko and
Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch – worked with several of the
science experiments aboard the International Space Station. They tested
the ultrasound instrument in the Human Research Facility rack, activated
the EarthKam experiment and the seventh sample cylinder in the Protein
Crystal Growth - Single-locker Thermal Enclosure System, and tested the
Zeolite Crystal Growth Furnace, which will be used to grow crystals
beginning in April. The crew also completed their periodic physical
fitness tests.

In addition, Walz and Bursh prepared a set of three dosimeters each that
will be used to measure any radiation they might receive during their
scheduled Feb. 20 spacewalk. The dosimeters are part of the EVARM
experiment, which is studying the amount of radiation astronauts receive
during spacewalks to better design future radiation shielding in
spacesuits. 

Today, the crew spent their 64th day in space doing an inventory of the
supplies aboard the station. The inventory will help planners determine
how much and what kind of supplies the next station crew will need. The
crew began the inventory process today and will complete it as time
permits.

On Monday, the crew's normal work was interrupted for a few hours when a
main computer in the station’s Zvezda module unexpectedly went off-line,
disrupting the system that controls the spacecraft's orientation. The
computer was quickly brought back on-line and all station systems have
operated normally since then. Russian controllers are still working to
determine the cause of the disruption.

On Wednesday, Onufrienko celebrated his 41st birthday. He and his
crewmates have been in space since Dec. 5. The crew has a light weekend
of planned activities ahead, but usually takes time to complete a variety
of odd jobs on their task list, a list of work aboard the station that
does not need to be done at any specific time.

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, is available on the internet at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov. 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:
http://www.scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov. 

The next ISS status report will be issued Feb. 15, or sooner, if
developments warrant.

- -END-





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