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ISS Status Report #02-55



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #02-55 
4 p.m. CST Friday, Dec. 27 
Expedition Six Crew

International Space Station Expedition 6 crewmembers, Commander Ken
Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin, and NASA ISS Science Officer
Don Pettit, began their second month aboard the orbiting laboratory on
Christmas Day. While they had some duties to attend to - checking the
environmental control system and the status of payloads aboard the U.S.
laboratory Destiny - it was basically a day off. 

Crewmembers did get a Christmas call from NASA Administrator Sean
O'Keefe, who chatted with them for almost 15 minutes. Each crewmember
also had a private 15-minute conversation with family members at home,
and each had the daily standard two hours of physical exercise. While
they had no special Christmas meal on board, each selected favorite
dishes for their holiday dinner. They opened presents too, sent up well
in advance of the day. 

The week began with the station in the YVV attitude, with the right side
of the ISS in the direction of travel and the 20-inch window in the
bottom of Destiny continuously facing the ground. The maneuver to that
attitude took place just before midnight CST on Dec. 21, a little earlier
than planned. It was done in response to high temperatures on some parts
of the station. The ISS returned to the more familiar XPOP attitude, with
the 240-foot solar wings continuously pointed toward the sun, late on
Christmas Day. 

On the science front, Bowersox on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday worked
with the FOOT (Foot/Ground Reaction Forces During Spaceflight). The
experiment is designed to see how the joints of the hips, legs and feet
move and what changes occur in their bones and muscles in the absence of
gravity. On Tuesday Bowersox wore a pair of tights with 20 sensors. The
information they recorded was sent to an ISS workstation on Thursday for
transmission to scientists on the ground. 

Bowersox was able to show off the FOOT fashion on Tuesday during a
Christmas Eve chat with representatives of KOIN-TV in Portland, Ore., and
WISH TV of Indianapolis. On Thursday Bowersox and Pettit talked about
science activities aboard the ISS in a 20-minute live segment carried on
NASA-TV. 

Budarin worked with a Russian plant-growth experiment during the week,
while Pettit continued his work with experiments in Destiny. On Friday
each crewmember submitted to a pre-breakfast blood analysis and a
periodic health assessment. 

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 on Friday, Jan. 3, or sooner if
events warrant. 


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