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NASA HSF News Digest       Friday, June 21 2002       Volume 01 : Number

In this issue:

        2002 International Space Station Status Report #26

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Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 15:31:36 -0500 (CDT)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: 2002 International Space Station Status Report #26

Report # 26 
3:30 p.m. CDT Friday, June 21, 2002 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

The Expedition 5 crew of the International Space Station began its third
week in space initiating new scientific investigations and preparing for
next week’s arrival of a cargo ship of new supplies.

Expedition 5 Commander Valery Korzun, astronaut Peggy Whitson and
cosmonaut Sergei Treschev began their 4½-month tour of duty on June 5
when they launched on board space shuttle Endeavour, They arrived on the
ISS June 7.  Since the shuttle undocked from ISS on Saturday, the new
crewmembers have spent time familiarizing themselves with the station and
its systems while unpacking the gear that arrived on board with them.

This week the crewmembers started loading unneeded equipment and other
trash into the Progress 7 supply ship docked to the aft port of the
Zvezda Service Module.  That cargo ship is slated to undock from ISS at
3:23 a.m. CDT Tuesday and will be destroyed during entry into Earth’s
atmosphere.  A new unpiloted capsule, Progress 8, loaded with food, fuel,
clothing and other supplies for the station crewmembers, is targeted to
launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan at 12:36 a.m. CDT
Wednesday, and will dock automatically to ISS early June 29.  Korzun and
Treschev are scheduled to spend time this weekend refreshing their
knowledge of the station’s backup approach and docking system in
preparation for Progress operations next week.

This week Whitson completed operations with the StelSys experiment in the
Biotechnology Specimen Temperature Controller (BSTC), which supports
investigations in cell biology and tissue engineering in a weightless
environment.  The BSTC houses stationary bioreactors that maintain
samples at a specified temperature in a controlled environment.  The
StelSys Liver Cell Research experiment, a Space Product Development
investigation done under a licensing agreement with StelSys, Inc. of
Baltimore, Md., seeks to compare the function of liver cells in
microgravity with that of duplicate cells on Earth as a means of learning
more about how to maintain the health of humans living and working in
space.  Whitson’s tasks included analyzing the growth media in those
bioreactors, replacing the media, preserving and photographing sample
cultures, and purging the growth chamber with carbon dioxide to prepare
it for its next use.  The StelSys samples are stowed in a
refrigerator/freezer in th!
e Lab for return to Earth on the next space shuttle assembly mission, 
STS-112/9A, targeted for launch in August.

Each day station crewmembers are assigned time for physical exercise,
using the station’s treadmill, bicycle ergometer, or resistive exercise
devices, to strengthen the muscles and cardiovascular systems which don’t
get the workout in weightlessness that they do on Earth.  Along with
their routine exercise this week, Korzun and Treschev completed two
sessions of a Russian-Japanese experiment in which they shot close-up
high-definition video of themselves while running on the treadmill.
Researchers study the crewmembers’ facial features as part of the medical
evaluation of a crewmember on orbit.

The ISS Expedition 4 crewmembers --Commander Yury Onufrienko and
astronauts Carl Walz and Dan Bursch--completed a 196-day mission when
they and their STS-111 crewmates touched down at Edwards Air Force Base
in California at 10:58 a.m. PDT Wednesday.  Walz and Bursch are now the
co-holders of the record for the longest single spaceflight in U.S
spaceflight history, 196 days,and Walz’ total of 231 days on orbit during
his five missions makes him the American astronaut with the most
cumulative time in space.

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 on Tuesday, June 25, after the
progress 7 undocking, or earlier if developments warrant.

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