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Crew Preps With Robotics Training



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Crew Preps With Robotics Training*

S118-E-09467 : International Space StationImage above: Backdropped by 
Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space 
Station appears to be very small as it moves away from Space Shuttle 
Endeavour. Earlier the STS-118 and Expedition 15 crews concluded nearly 
nine days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Image 
credit: NASA

TO VIEW IMAGE GO 
TO:http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

The Expedition 15 crew will be busy working with robotics aboard the 
International Space Station this week in advance of the relocation of 
Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3) on Thursday.

Flight Engineers Clay Anderson and Oleg Kotov used training software 
Tuesday to simulate the robotic arm operations required for the PMA-3 
relocation.

Later, Anderson moved the station's robotic arm, Canadarm2, into its 
starting configuration for Thursday's activities. Commander Fyodor 
Yurchikhin and Kotov reviewed Common Berthing Mechanism operations.

PMA-3 is being moved from Unity's port docking mechanism to its nadir, 
or earth-facing, docking mechanism to make room for the installation of 
the Harmony node which is set to arrive on Space Shuttle Discovery in 
October.

+ Read more about Expedition 15 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/index.html>
+ View crew daily timelines 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/timelines/index.html>
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