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ISS EXP 6 STATUS REPORT #03-14



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-14 

4 p.m. CST, Friday, April 4, 2003 

Expedition Six Crew

International Space Station crewmembers, Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight
Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit, spent
much of this week preparing for their spacewalk next Tuesday. The 6½-hour
spacewalk is scheduled to begin about 7:30 a.m. CST, with NASA Television
coverage slated to start at 6 a.m. 

Spacewalk tasks include reconfiguring power connections, providing a
second power source for one of the station’s control moment gyroscopes,
securing thermal covers on quick disconnect fittings for the station’s
thermal control system, and releasing a light stanchion on one of the
Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) carts. 

The preparations included a talk with experts on the ground today,
spacesuit and tool battery charging through much of the week, a detailed
review Wednesday of the spacewalk timeline preceded by a checkout of the
Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) by Pettit and followed by a
30-minute EVA conference with experts on the ground. Earlier in the week
they had worked with EVARM (EVA Radiation Monitoring) equipment. 

Expedition 6 crewmembers also prepared for their return home, members
gathering and packing personal items and working to put the orbiting
laboratory in top condition for its next residents. On Tuesday the
Expedition 7 crew, Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Astronaut Ed Lu, was
formally named. They are to be launched to the ISS from Kazakhstan in a
Soyuz TMA capsule on April 26. 

 
Bowersox, Budarin and Pettit will return to Earth in early May aboard the
Soyuz TMA now attached to the Russian segment’s Pirs Docking Compartment.
They were launched Nov. 23 and have been aboard the station since Nov.
25. Malenchenko and Lu will visit the Kazakhstan launch site at Baikonur
next week to inspect the Soyuz TMA on which they will travel to the
station. 

Russian controllers at Mission Control Moscow today used thrusters of the
unpiloted Progress cargo spacecraft docked to the Zvezda Service Module
to increase the altitude of the station in preparation for arrival of the
Expedition 7’s Soyuz. The 14-minute firing of the Progress thrusters
raised the average altitude of the station by about 1.9 statute miles. 

A wide range of science activities continues aboard the ISS. Pettit had
spent considerable time since arriving on the station troubleshooting the
power supply of the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox. The MSG provides a
sealed environment for experiments that involve potential hazards like
fluids, flame, fumes or particulates. After successful testing of his
repairs, Pettit this week completed the increment’s first experiment runs
in the facility. The MSG performed successfully in the InSpace
(Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal
Emulsions) experiment, which studies how particles and clumps of
particles respond to an external magnetic field. Though the InSpace runs
Monday and Tuesday produced unexpected results, many scientists were
delighted to see the MSG working again. 

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: 
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://scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov/
The next ISS status report will be issued after next Tuesday’s spacewalk,
or sooner if events warrant. 

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