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International Space Station Status Report #06-11
1:30 p.m. CST, Friday, March 17, 2006
Expedition 12 Crew

Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev 
plan to move their Soyuz capsule from the Earth-facing docking port of 
the station's Zarya module to an aft port on the Zvezda module on 
Monday, March 20.

If all goes as planned, the flight will take less than 40 minutes. 
Undocking is scheduled for 12:49 a.m. CST with docking scheduled for 
1:23 a.m. CST.

This move will clear the Zarya port for the March 31 arrival of the 
Expedition 13 crew and a Brazilian Space Agency astronaut on another 
Soyuz vehicle.

Preparations included testing Soyuz systems and thrusters and reviewing 
trip procedures. On Sunday, the crew will configure station and Soyuz 
systems. The configuration is to ensure the station could operate 
without the crew onboard; in the unlikely event the Soyuz could not 
successfully re-dock.

This week, Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer 
Jeff Williams completed final training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training 
Center in Star City, Russia.

The crew will travel Saturday to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan 
for final launch preparations, along with Brazilian astronaut Marcos 
Pontes. Pontes will fly to the station with Expedition 13 on a 10-day 
mission, returning to Earth with Expedition 12. Launch is scheduled for 
March 29 at 8:30 p.m. CST.

NASA's payload operations team at the agency's Marshall Space Flight 
Center, Huntsville, Ala., worked with McArthur to test an experiment 
facility on the station. The thermal and pressure sensors inside the 
microgravity science glovebox are checked annually to keep it certified 
for experiments. McArthur completed inspection and cleaning of the facility.

McArthur also dedicated some of his free time last weekend to research 
work. On Saturday morning, he conducted an experiment that aims to 
improve future experiments that involve mixing fluids.

The cellular biotechnology operations support systems fluid dynamics 
investigation is a series of experiments to improve fluid mixing 
techniques and control bubble distribution for cell culture in orbit.

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