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*International Space Station Status Report #05-57*
*4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2005*
*Expedition 12 Crew*

Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev 
took a short ride away from the International Space Station today, 
flying their Soyuz spacecraft from one docking port to another.

McArthur and Tokarev left the station unoccupied for about half an hour 
as they relocated the Soyuz TMA-7. Tokarev unodocked the Soyuz at 2:46 
a.m. CST while the station orbited 225 miles above the south Atlantic 
just east of South America. They redocked to the Earth-facing port of 
the nearby Zarya module at 3:05 a.m. As they docked, the station was 
over the Sahara Desert as the recently installed Port 1 Truss television 
camera provided dramatic views of the operation.

The Soyuz move will allow the Pirs Docking Compartment to be used as an 
airlock for an upcoming Russian spacewalk. That spacewalk, to be the 
second of three possible spacewalks during their mission, currently is 
scheduled for Dec. 7. However, managers are reviewing the schedule and 
the spacewalk may be delayed to early next year to ease the crew's 
workload. McArthur and Tokarev must finish unpacking the ISS Progress 19 
cargo ship now docked to the complex, prepare it for undocking and get 
ready for the Dec. 23 arrival of the next Progress supply ship.

Today, Tokarev, in the center seat of the Soyuz, disengaged hooks and 
latches holding the craft to Pirs and backed it about 80 feet away from 
the complex. With McArthur seated to his left, Tokarev piloted the Soyuz 
forward along the station about 45 feet. He then rotated the capsule to 
align it with Zarya’s docking port. A few minutes after the Soyuz linked 
up to Zarya, hooks and latches engaged, establishing a firm connection. 
The crew is scheduled to re-enter the station just before 9 a.m., after 
a series of leak checks are completed.

The Soyuz will be the crew's ride home at the end of its six-month stay 
on the orbiting laboratory. It also serves as a lifeboat in the event 
the crew must evacuate the station.

Earlier this week, McArthur spent several hours photographing samples of 
colloids that had been undisturbed in the station’s microgravity 
environment for more than a year. The work is part of an experiment 
called the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test. The behavior of these 
supercritical fluids is important because they combine the properties of 
liquids and gases. A better understanding of their reaction in the 
weightless environment of space could help in the development of new 
drugs, cleaner power and interplanetary transportation.

The crew will begin an extended sleep period at about 11:30 a.m. and 
will awaken about midnight Saturday to begin a weekend of light duty.

Information on the crew's activities aboard the space station, future 
launch dates and for station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the 
Earth is available on the Internet at:


The next station status report will be issued on Friday, Nov. 25, or 
earlier if events warrant.
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