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SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

    Crew Works on New Oxygen Generator

ISS014-E-10282 : Expedition 14 crew Image above: Flight Engineer Mikhail 
Tyurin (left) holds a camera in the Destiny laboratory of the 
International Space Station. Also pictured are Commander Michael 
Lopez-Alegria (center) and Flight Engineer Suni Williams. Image credit: 
NASA - TO VIEW PICTURE GO TO:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

The Expedition 14 crew members spent a busy week aboard the 
International Space Station working to install a new oxygen-generating 
system, adding soundproofing in the living quarters and unpacking 
supplies delivered by the space shuttle in December.

Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Suni Williams primarily 
focused this week on the first phase of installing a new 
oxygen-generating system. This additional system will be needed as a 
supplement to the Russian Elektron oxygen generator when the permanent 
crew aboard the station expands from three to six people. The new system 
will be activated and tested later this year.

Meanwhile, Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin spent several days this week 
modifying the ventilation system in the service module to run more 
quietly. He added two new noise-isolation crew cabin fans, sound 
deadening vibration isolators and air ducts with acoustic shields.

On Friday, Lopez-Alegria and Williams took time out from their tasks to 
speak with students at the Columbia Explorers Academy. The students 
asked the astronauts about living in orbit and the goals of their mission.

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Jan. 5, 2007

Grey Hautaluoma
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-0668

James Hartsfield 
Johnson Space Center, Houston 
281-483-5111 
STATUS REPORT: SS07-01

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS07-01

HOUSTON - New gear helped the astronauts on the International Space 
Station kick off a new year as they prepared a second 
oxygen-generating system, upgraded soundproofing in the living 
quarters and unpacked supplies delivered just before Christmas by the 
space shuttle.

After a New Year's Day holiday, station Expedition 14 Commander 
Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Suni Williams spent most of 
the week installing the U.S. oxygen generation system activation kit 
in the Destiny laboratory. The parts had been delivered on shuttle 
mission STS-121 in July 2006. The new generator will supplement the 
Russian Elektron oxygen system on the station. The additional oxygen 
generating capacity will be important as the standard station crew 
size increases to six as the complex grows. In their work with the 
new system this week, Lopez-Alegria and Williams installed a hydrogen 
vent valve and power, data and fluid hoses and cables. The system 
will be activated and tested later this year.

Meanwhile Expedition 14 Flight Engineer and cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin 
worked in the Russian segment of the station, where he upgraded 
soundproofing of the ventilation system. Tyurin installed new fans, 
sound-deadening vibration isolators and air ducts with acoustic 
shields to reduce the noise they create.

This morning, Lopez-Alegria and Williams took time out from their work 
to share their mission with a group of students in the fifth through 
eighth grades from the Columbia Explorers Academy. From the Adler 
Planetarium in Chicago the students asked the astronauts about living 
in orbit and the goals of their mission.

Also this week, the crew finished unpacking and stowing supplies 
delivered last month on shuttle mission STS-116, and they marked 
milestones in two laboratory experiments. On Tuesday, Williams set up 
the hardware for the Test of Reaction and Adaptation Capabilities, or 
TRAC investigation. It is a NASA-sponsored experiment jointly managed 
by scientists from Germany and Canada. Crew members' hand and eye 
coordination are tested before, during and after missions. For the 
tests, subjects use a joystick to control a cursor on a computer 
screen and respond to audio and visual stimuli. The experiment 
gathers data about how, and to what extent, the brain adapts to 
weightlessness.

Crew members completed the final operations of a biological experiment 
on the impact of varying levels of light and gravity on plant root 
growth. The final images of samples in the European Modular 
Cultivation System were taken and downlinked, and the samples were 
stowed in a freezer for eventual return to Earth.

For more about the crew's activities and station sighting 
opportunities, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/station 

	
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