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ISS STATUS REPORT #05-37 - 19 JULY 2005



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*International Space Station Status Report #05-37*
*6:30 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2005*
*Expedition 11 Crew*

Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips left the 
International Space Station today for a short ride, relocating their 
Soyuz return craft from one docking port to another to free up a Russian 
airlock for a future spacewalk.

The quick Expedition 11 foray began with undocking from the Pirs Docking 
Compartment at 5:38 a.m. CDT while the Station flew above the Atlantic 
just east of the southern tip of South America. Redocking to the nearby 
Zarya Module’s nadir, or Earth-facing, docking port occurred at 6:08 
a.m. CDT over Central Asia.

Krikalev, seated in the center seat of the Soyuz descent module, guided 
the spacecraft as it backed away from Pirs to a distance of about 82 
feet. With Phillips on his left, Krikalev commanded the Soyuz to fly 
laterally along the Station about 45 feet, then rotated the capsule to 
align it with the Zarya’s docking port. After 14 minutes of 
stationkeeping, the crew began final approach and completed the linkup. 
Minutes later, hooks and latches in the two docking mechanisms 
established a firm connection between Soyuz and Zarya. After a series of 
leak checks, the crew was scheduled to re-enter the Station shortly 
after 8 a.m. to reconfigure its systems for normal operations.

The move clears the Pirs airlock for a spacewalk by Krikalev and 
Phillips in August. Among the tasks planned for that spacewalk are 
removal of materials exposure experiments, installation of a television 
camera for the European Space Agency’s cargo-carrying Automated Transfer 
Vehicle and relocation of a cargo boom adapter.

The Soyuz is the crew's ride home at the end of its six-month stay on 
the orbiting laboratory and would serve as a lifeboat in the event of a 
Station evacuation.

The crew will begin its sleep period at mid-afternoon today and wake up 
early Wednesday for a day off, with only exercise and a few routine 
housekeeping activities scheduled.

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://www.nasa.gov/station

The next Station status report will be issued on Friday, July 22, or 
earlier if events warrant.

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