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ISS SCIENCE REPORT#SS06-003



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Jan. 20, 2006

J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington 
(202) 358-5241

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(281) 483-5111 


INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS06-003

Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur began his week Sunday by running 
a half-marathon on the station treadmill, supporting friends and 
colleagues running in the Houston Marathon. As he ran 220 miles above 
the Earth on board the station, the runners circled Houston. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, McArthur, Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev and 
ground flight control teams rehearsed procedures for a rapid cabin 
air leak requiring station evacuation. Similar emergency procedures 
are regularly practiced by all station crews.

The crew is preparing for their second spacewalk. On Thursday, mission 
managers decided to delay the spacewalk from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3 to ease 
the crew's preparation schedule. Mission Control sent the crew 
detailed procedures for the spacewalk this week, and they reviewed 
them with experts on the ground. The crew began charging batteries 
and preparing the Pirs Docking Compartment airlock for the excursion. 
For the spacewalk, they will wear Russian Orlan-M spacesuits. 

During the spacewalk, the crew will move a cargo boom adapter from one 
module to another; install a safety bolt into a cable cutter on the 
Mobile Transporter truss rail car; and deploy SuitSat, an old Orlan 
space suit equipped with an active amateur radio transmitter. SuitSat 
will remain in orbit for several weeks and allow contact with amateur 
radio operators on the ground.

Science operations this week included powering on the European Space 
Agency Protein Crystal Growth Monitoring by Digital Holographic 
Microscope for the International Space Station (PROMISS-4) 
experiment.

McArthur spent several hours setting up the Microgravity Science 
Glovebox and other support equipment early in the week. He began 
sample processing for the PROMISS experiment in the glove box on 
Thursday. The experiment will investigate the growth processes of 
proteins during weightless conditions using advanced imaging methods 
such as digital holography.

McArthur and Tokarev took time out from their duties on Friday to 
answer questions from students at the Kuss Middle School in Fall 
River, Mass. 

For information about crew activities, future launch dates and station 
sighting opportunities on the Web, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/station

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/home

	
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