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Preparations Continue for Next Week's Spacewalk



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

     Preparations Continue for Next Week's Spacewalk

ISS015-E-05624 --- The Niagara River photographed by Expedition 15 Image 
above: The Niagara River, eastern end of Lake Erie and western end of 
Lake Ontario are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 15 
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

In the Pirs Docking Compartment, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight 
Engineer Oleg Kotov continued preparations for the upcoming spacewalk on 
May 30. Activities included charging an Orlan battery, installing 
hardware on the spacesuits, preparing auxiliary equipment for the suits, 
setting up additional portable air repress bottles and separating liquid 
and gas in the cooling systems.

Using the airlock requires it to be isolated from the ISS Progress 24 
cargo ship docked to it. To this end, Yurchikhin and Kotov installed the 
docking mechanism, closed the hatches and performed leak checks.

Wednesday's station reboost by the ISS Progress 25 thrusters was 
successful. The purpose of the maneuver was to position the station for 
the STS-117 launch in June.

+ Expedition 15 Spacewalk Briefing Materials, May 23, 2007
+ Read more about the Progress 25 docking
+ Read more about Expedition 15
+ View crew daily timelines
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