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Busy Month Sees Hurricanes and Visitor Preps



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Busy Month Sees Hurricanes and Visitor Preps*
21 SEPTEMBER 2007

Hurricane IvoImage above: This view from the International Space Station 
shows Hurricane Ivo in the Pacific Ocean nearing Baja California. 
Credit: NASA TV TO VIEW IMAGE GO 
TO:http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

Video cameras on the International Space Station captured Hurricane Ivo 
in the Pacific Ocean as it was heading towards Baja California. Earlier 
this month, the station crew also viewed Hurricanes Felix and Humberto 
as they were churning in the Gulf of Mexico.

A station reboost is planned for Sept. 24. The orbital firing will put 
the ISS in the correct attitude for the upcoming Soyuz TMA-11 and Space 
Shuttle Discovery dockings in October.

With the Progress 25 undocking on Sept. 18, the aft port of the Zvezda 
service module is open and ready for the relocation of the Soyuz TMA-10 
on Sept. 27. The relocation opens up the Zarya nadir, or earth-facing, 
port for the arrival of Expedition 16 in its Soyuz TMA-11 on Oct. 12. 
Discovery arrives Oct. 25 on the STS-120 mission bringing with it the 
Harmony Node 2. Harmony enables the station to add two new European and 
Japanese space laboratories on upcoming missions.

Aboard the station, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineers 
Oleg Kotov and Clay Anderson continue packing items for return to Earth 
aboard Discovery. The crew members also measured their body mass. The 
measurements are taken to study the effects of microgravity on 
astronautsí bodies.

+ View crew daily timelines 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/timelines/index.html>
+ Read more about Expedition 15 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/index.html>
+ Read more about Expedition 16 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition16/index.html>
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