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Crew Completes a Week of Experiments and Maintenance



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Crew Completes a Week of Experiments and Maintenance*
Image above: Sunita Williams, Expedition 15 flight engineer, works with 
the Lab-on-a-Chip Application Development-Portable Test System 
(LOCAD-PTS) experiment. LOCAD-PTS is a handheld device for rapid 
detection of biological and chemical substances onboard the station. 
Image credit: NASA TO VIEW IMAGE GO TO
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

Expedition 15 crew members replaced a heat exchanger on Friday in the 
Zvezda Service Module. They also swapped out computers in the U.S. lab. 
Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov finished the repair of the Russian air 
conditioner that began a few days ago. Flight Engineer Sunita Williams 
completed the discharge process on the second of two sets of spacesuit 
batteries. The batteries will be required for the STS-117 spacewalks.

To prepare for the arrival of the unpiloted cargo carrier, ISS Progress 
25, the station was reboosted by the Progress 24ís engines April 28. 
Transfers of cargo continue from the Progress 24 craft to the station. 
Progress 25 is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 
Kazakhstan May 11.

Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Kotov again had an hour each allocated 
for station familiarization and adaptation to help in adjusting to their 
new surroundings and activities.

+ Read more about Expedition 15 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/index.html>
+ View Crew's Daily Timelines 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/timelines/index.html>
+ View Expedition 14 landing images 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/exp14_landing_images.html>

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