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Expedition 14 Crew Tests the HDTV Space Video Gateway

 18 OCTOBER 2006    
     Expedition 14 Crew Tests the HDTV Space Video Gateway

--- International Space Station Image above:*** the International Space 
Station against the blackness of space and Earth's horizon. Photo 
credit: NASA


On Wednesday the crew conducted a test of the Space Video Gateway to be 
used in November for the first HDTV interactive downlinks with the 
Discovery Channel and NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai). The hardware was 
provided by NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency for temporary 
installation on the space station.

Launch of the ISS Progress 23 cargo craft is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 
23, at 9:41 a.m. EDT and docking on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 10:28 a.m. 
EDT. The cargo consists of propellants, oxygen, food, crew provisions 
and maintenance gear. Water will not be delivered this time. 
High-priority items include Elektron parts, research payloads and EVA 

One of the station's four Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs) used to 
maintain the station's orientation in space was shut down last week 
after exceeding the allowed vibration limit. Engineers tested the 
problematic CMG Monday to gather performance data and conduct diagnostic 
checks. An initial review of the available data indicated no vibration 
events. Engineers continue analyzing the data to determine 
troubleshooting plans.

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