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EXP 13 ISS STATUS REPORT #06-29 - 16 JUNE 2006



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*International Space Station Status Report #06-29*
*1 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 16, 2006*
*Expedition 13 Crew*

The International Space Station crew this week prepared for the 
departure of one unpiloted Progress cargo carrier, the arrival of 
another, and for the STS-121 shuttle mission of Discovery that will 
deliver an additional crew member.

Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Jeff 
Williams will welcome European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, 
giving the station a third crew member for the first time since May 
2003. Discovery is scheduled to launch to the station no earlier than 
July 1.

Discovery will bring equipment and supplies to the station, much of it 
in the multi-purpose logistics module, known as Leonardo. The 
Italian-built pressurized transporter will be taken from Discovery's 
cargo bay and attached to the station's Unity module, where it will be 
unloaded and later refilled with equipment, experiment results and other 
items, as well as trash, for return to Earth.

On Wednesday, Vinogradov and Williams trained for a photo session during 
Discovery's predocking rendezvous pitch maneuver. The orbiter does a 
back flip near the station to expose its belly to camera-wielding 
station crew members. The images are sent to Earth for careful 
examination to check for any damage to the thermal protection tiles. 
Crew members also spent some time this week packing material for return 
to Earth on Discovery.

Both crew members worked to pack ISS Progress 20 with trash to get ready 
for its June 19 undocking, deorbit and incineration in the Earth's 
atmosphere. They continued to use oxygen from its tanks for the 
station's atmosphere. They closed the hatch and performed a leak check 
Friday.

The crew also tested the Toru manual docking system. It would be used in 
the unlikely event the Kurs automated docking system is unable to bring 
ISS Progress 22 to the Pirs docking port. The new Progress is scheduled 
to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome June 24 and dock with the station 
June 26. It will carry about 2.5 tons of equipment and supplies.

Vinogradov and Williams had a day off on Monday, Russian Independence 
Day. Tuesday activities included disassembly of the Binary Colloidal 
Alloy Test experiment hardware, replacement of an avionics inlet fitting 
on the Crew Health Care System rack in the Destiny laboratory and work 
on noise reduction around the Vozdukh carbon dioxide removal system. 
Also on Tuesday, Williams, a Wisconsin native, took time to talk with a 
reporter from WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wis.

On Wednesday Vinogradov replaced interior panels and relocated smoke 
detectors in the Zvezda service module. Thursday work included a 
recharge of the station's defibrillator while Friday saw work with the 
microgravity science glovebox and stowage of the InSPACE, also known as 
Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal 
Emulsions experiment.

The next station status report will be issued on Friday, June 23, or 
earlier if events warrant. For more about the crew's activities and 
station sighting opportunities, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station
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