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ISS STATUS REPORT #05-39 - 12 AUGUST 2005(0544 utc)


*International Space Station Status Report #05-39*
*3 p.m. CDT, Friday, Aug. 12, 2005*
*Expedition 11 Crew*

After saying goodbye to the visiting Space Shuttle Discovery Saturday, 
International Space Station Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA Science 
Officer John Phillips spent much of this week preparing for a spacewalk 
they will conduct next week.

On their upcoming spacewalk, Krikalev and Phillips will change out a 
Russian biological experiment, retrieve some radiation sensors, remove a 
Japanese materials science experiment, photograph a Russian materials 
experiment, install a television camera and relocate a grapple fixture. 
The six-hour spacewalk begins at 1:55 p.m. CDT Thursday. Live coverage 
on NASA TV will begin at 12:30 p.m. CDT.

At 12:44 a.m. CDT (0544 UTC) Tuesday, Krikalev's time spent in space 
will surpass that of any other human being. Krikalev's record will pass 
the one now held by Cosomonaut Sergei Avdeyev, who spent 748 days in 
orbit. Krikalev is a veteran of six space flights, two long-duration 
flights to the Soviet Union Space Station Mir; two flights on the Space 
Shuttle; and, counting this mission, two flights to the International 
Space Station. Krikalev was aboard the Space Station Mir when the Soviet 
Union disintegrated. He became the first Russian to fly on the Space 
Shuttle in 1994. He was a member of the Shuttle crew that began assembly 
of the International Space Station in 1998. In 2000, he was a member of 
the first resident International Space Station crew.

Krikalev and Phillips had an off duty day on Sunday. On Monday they 
worked to unpack and prepare spacewalk tools and to ready the Pirs 
docking compartment, from which the spacewalk will be conducted. They 
continued spacewalk preparations for the rest of the week, checking the 
Russian Orlan spacesuits they will wear and talking with spacewalk 
experts in the Russian Mission Control Center and in Houston.

On Thursday, the Russian Vozdukh carbon dioxide removal system shut down 
aboard the Station. The system is one of multiple systems that can be 
used to scrub the Station cabin air. Flight controllers in Houston have 
activated a U.S. Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly to perform that 
function while the Vozdukh is not operating. Russian specialists are 
continuing to analyze the problem.

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:


The next Station status report will be issued on Thursday, Aug. 18, 
after the spacewalk, or earlier if events warrant.

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