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ISS SCIENCE REPORT#SS06-0006



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Feb. 10, 2006

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

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

STATUS REPORT: SS06-006

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS06-0006

After an almost six-hour spacewalk last week, the crew began the week 
with a little time off; then returned to science investigations, 
routine maintenance and equipment tests. 

Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery 
Tokarev spent the weekend restoring the station to its normal layout 
after the spacewalk. They dried their spacesuits to be ready for 
future spacewalks and reconfigured station systems. 

The crew had off-duty time on Monday and Tuesday, and they completed 
post-spacewalk conferences with flight controllers and engineers. 
Other work included standard ground communications' checks with sites 
at White Sands, N.M., and Wallops Island, Va. Tuesday, McArthur 
transmitted a narrated video tour of the station, offering viewers a 
look at the interior, equipment and stowed supplies. 

On Wednesday, Tokarev prepared the Progress cargo spacecraft docked to 
the station's Pirs Docking Compartment for a thruster test. Tokarev 
checked the Progress's attachments for leaks to ensure they were 
properly sealed. The Progress thrusters will be used to reboost the 
station's altitude tomorrow. This test will be the first time 
thrusters of a Progress docked to Pirs are used for a reboost. 

The station's Elektron oxygen generator was reactivated yesterday. The 
unit was shut down for the spacewalk, and the station used oxygen 
from tanks in the Progress. Today, McArthur gathered data for the 
Foot/Ground Reaction Forces During Spaceflight experiment. It's 
designed to help develop ways to counteract lower body muscle and 
bone loss during long spaceflights. He wore cycling tights outfitted 
with 20 sensors, which measure hip, leg and ankle joint angles and 
lower extremity pressures during the experiment. It's conducted on 
four separate days evenly spaced through the six-month mission. 

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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