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NASA HSF News Digest V1 #27

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

NASA HSF News Digest      Friday, March 15 2002      Volume 01 : Number

In this issue:

	2002 International Space Station Status Report #14

Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 13:39:57 -0600 (CST)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: 2002 International Space Station Status Report #14

Report # 14 
 3 p.m. CST, Friday, March 15, 2002 
 Expedition 4 Crew 
 Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Dan
Bursch and Carl Walz aboard the International Space Station continued
science experiments and prepared for two spacecraft that will soon visit
the outpost.

The first plant tissue samples were taken from the Advanced Astroculture
experiment inside the U.S. laboratory Destiny. Air, water, soil and plant
samples will be brought back to Earth for scientists to study and will be
compared to crops grown on Earth. The EarthKAM experiment completed its
observations for this expedition and was deactivated Saturday after the
digital camera took 425 pictures last week. The experiment has allowed
middle school students on the ground to remotely take about 2,271
pictures of the Earth’s geographical features from a vantage point 240
statute miles high. The last reading for the Hoffman Reflex experiment
was taken this week. This experiment measures the ability of the spinal
cord to respond to a stimulus after being exposed to microgravity and may
provide input to improve exercise during long spaceflight missions. Eight
crewmembers from expedition crews have participated in this experiment.
Only post-flight observations remain for the current !
station crew.

The crew began packing used and unneeded equipment into the Progress
resupply vehicle docked to the aft end of the Zvezda service module. The
Progress spacecraft will be jettisoned from the station Tuesday and will
burn up upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. A new Progress
resupply vehicle will launch from the Baikanour Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan
March 21 and will arrive at the station three days later.

An audit is taking place on board the station in preparation for the next
space shuttle visit in April. Using an electronic inventory management
system, station crewmembers are organizing equipment to enhance
efficiency. When the space shuttle Atlantis docks to the space station
next month, there will be a total of 10 crewmembers working throughout
the spacecraft, now the size of a three-bedroom house, for almost a week.

Walz and Bursch also operated the station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, to
observe the exterior of the station via cameras located on the arm. The
cameras focused on the claw-like latch cradle assembly mounted on the
Destiny module. The crew also used the cameras to inspect the station's
radiators and solar arrays. During STS-110 next month, Canadarm2 will be
used to move the S-zero truss segment from the shuttle’s payload bay to
the latch assembly on Destiny to be installed during four planned
spacewalks. Flight controllers on the ground continue to monitor the
arm’s operation after it experienced difficulties with the primary
avionics system last week. The arm functioned successfully on the
secondary system this week.

Information on the crew’s activities aboard the space station, 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 issued March 19, or sooner, if
developments warrant.

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