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Station Crew Preps for Space Shuttle Docking


   Station Crew Preps for Space Shuttle Docking

ISS014-E-07174 : Thomas Reiter cuts Mikhail Tyurin's hair Image above: 
Flight Engineer Thomas Reiter cuts Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin's hair 
in the Zarya module of the International Space Station. Reiter used hair 
clippers fashioned with a vacuum device to prevent freshly cut hair from 
being scattered throughout the module. Photo credit: NASA. GO 

The Expedition 14 crew members continue to work this week on scientific 
experiments, station maintenance and activities related to the 
anticipated arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery in December.

Over the weekend, Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria concluded Expedition 
14's first week-long session with EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by 
Middle School Students) by shutting down, disassembling and stowing the 
hardware. Nearly 6,600 students from around the globe participated in 
this most recent session with EarthKAM, a payload which allows students 
to submit requests and download images from an electronic still camera 
mounted in a window of the space station.

Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin revisited the Elektron oxygen-generating 
system on Monday to perform routine maintenance. Early last week, Tyurin 
repaired and re-activated the unit, returning it to service for the 
first time since mid-September.

Also on Monday, Tyurin and Flight Engineer Thomas Reiter practiced 
photography techniques to be used to capture imagery of Discovery's 
thermal heat shield during its final approach for docking on the STS-116 

Read more about Expedition 14 
+ View crew's daily timelines 

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have named two astronauts and 
two cosmonauts to the next International Space Station crew, known as 
Expedition 15. Astronauts Clayton Anderson and Daniel Tani will travel 
to the station next year and work as flight engineers. Cosmonauts Fyodor 
Yurchikhin and Dr. Oleg Kotov will spend six months aboard the orbiting 

+ Read more about Expedition 15 
+ Read the press release 

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