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ISS Status Report: SS06-041

> Sept. 22, 2006
> Grey Hautaluoma
> Headquarters, Washington
> 202-358-0668
> James Hartsfield
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> 281-483-5111
> A handover continues aboard the International Space Station, with the 
> 13th crew ending six months aboard and the 14th crew starting six 
> months in orbit.
> Joint crew operations continue through next week, until Expedition 13 
> Commander Pavel Vinogradov, Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer 
> Jeff Williams, and Spaceflight Participant Anousheh Ansari undock and 
> land their Soyuz spacecraft on Thursday, Sept. 28. 
> The new crew, Expedition 14 Commander and NASA Science Officer Mike 
> Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, docked to the 
> complex with Ansari on Wednesday. European Space Agency astronaut 
> Thomas Reiter, who arrived at the station aboard the Space Shuttle 
> Discovery in July and has served as flight engineer for Expedition 
> 13, will remain on the station and join Expedition 14. Ansari is a 
> U.S. businesswoman spending eight days on the station under a 
> commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency. 
> During the weekend, Vinogradov and Tyurin may work with the Elektron 
> oxygen-generating system to install a new liquids unit, a component 
> that overheated early this week.
> Several crew events will be broadcast live on NASA TV next week. On 
> Monday, Sept. 25, at 5:40 a.m. EDT, all crew members will participate 
> in a news conference with Russian media. At 12:17 p.m. EDT Monday, 
> Williams and Lopez-Alegria will be interviewed by CBS News and AP TV.
> On Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 12:04 p.m. EDT, Williams and Lopez-Alegria 
> will be interviewed by CNN Espanol and the Houston Chronicle. On 
> Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 12:28 p.m. EDT the crews will hold a station 
> change of command ceremony.
> On Thursday, Sept. 28, at 2:35 p.m. EDT, NASA TV will begin coverage 
> of a farewell ceremony and closing of the hatches as the Expedition 
> 13 crew and Ansari prepare to depart. The hatches between the station 
> and the departing Soyuz will be closed about 2:45 p.m. EDT. NASA TV 
> coverage of the Soyuz undocking will begin at 5:30 p.m. EDT.
> Coverage of the Soyuz deorbit and landing will begin at 8 p.m. EDT. 
> The Soyuz will fire its engines at 8:20 pm. EDT to begin its descent. 
> Landing is at 9:10 p.m. EDT in Kazakhstan. 
> The next station status report will be issued after the Expedition 13 
> crew and Ansari land. For information about the crew's activities and 
> station sighting opportunities, visit: 
> http://www.nasa.gov/station
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