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EXP 13 REPORT #06-41


*International Space Station Status Report #06-41*
*4 p.m. CDT, Friday, Sept. 22, 2006*
*Expedition 13 Crew*

A handover continues aboard the International Space Station, with the 
13th crew ending six months aboard and the 14th crew starting out on six 
months in orbit.

Joint crew operations will 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 
along 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 4:40 a.m. CDT, all crew members will participate in 
a news conference with Russian media. At 11:17 a.m. CDT that day, 
Williams and Lopez-Alegria will be interviewed by CBS News and AP 
Television. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 11:04 a.m. CDT, Williams and 
Lopez-Alegria will be interviewed by CNN Espanol and the Houston 
Chronicle. On Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 11:28 a.m. CDT the crews will hold 
a station change of command ceremony.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, at 1:35 p.m. CDT, 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 1:45 p.m. CDT. NASA TV coverage of 
the Soyuz undocking will begin at 4:30 p.m. CDT. Coverage of the Soyuz 
deorbit and landing will begin at 7 p.m. CDT. The Soyuz will fire its 
engines at 7:20 pm. CDT to begin its descent. Landing is at 8:10 p.m. 
CDT in Kazakhstan.

The next station status report will be issued after the Expedition 13 
crew and Ansari land, or earlier if events warrant. For more about the 
crew's activities and station sighting opportunities, visit: 

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