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Crew Begins Week With Maintenance and Experiments



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #314469

*Crew Begins Week With Maintenance and Experiments*

Image above: Venice, Italy, is featured in this image photographed by a 
crew member on the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA . TO 
VIEW IMAGE GO TO
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

The Expedition 15 crew begins the week with the replacement of several 
components in the Russian segment of the complex and medical 
experiments. Sunday was an off-duty day for the crew.

On Saturday, the station was reboosted by the Progress 24 cargo ship's 
engines to place it at the correct altitude for the docking of the ISS 
Progress 25 cargo craft on May 15. The reboost also provides at least 
six flight day three rendezvous opportunities for Atlantis during the 
STS-117 mission beginning on June 8.

Also over the weekend, Flight Engineer Sunita Williams conducted another 
weekend science session with the Capillary Flow Experiment, Interior 
Corner Flow 2. This experiment has applications to the management of 
liquid fuels, cryogens, water-based solutions and thermal fluids in 
spacecraft systems.

Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov completed another run of the Russian 
Diatomeya ocean observations program to record high production zones of 
phytoplankton. April and May are the period of most intensive blooming 
of phytoplankton in the North Atlantic waters.

Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin conducted another session with the Russian 
Uragan Earth-imaging program, taking pictures of natural environment 
targets, including those showing man-made impacts on nature.

+ View Expedition 14 landing images 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/exp14_landing_images.html> 


+ Read more about Expedition 15 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/index.html>
+ Read more about Expedition 14 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition14/index.html>
+ View Crew's Daily Timelines 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/timelines/index.html>
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