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ISS Crew Tests New Oxygen Generator


*Crew Tests New Oxygen Generator*

ISS015-E-29992 : Astronaut Clay Anderson smiles for photo mage above: 
Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Clay Anderson smiles for a photo while 
using a communication system in the Zvezda Service Module of the 
International Space Station. Credit: NASA

The Expedition 15 crew members Tuesday began a test of a new 
oxygen-generating system and continued with preparations for their 
return to Earth and the arrival of the next crew to the International 
Space Station.

Flight Engineer Clay Anderson activated the Oxygen Generation System 
(OGS) in the Destiny lab. He then took readings with a sound level meter 
to measure its noise levels.

While the OGS operates at 50 percent capacity, flight controllers will 
evaluate its performance. The OGS is designed to supply oxygen for a 
full station complement of six crew members.

Anderson, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov 
continue with preparations for their departure and for the arrival of 
the next crew. The Expedition 16 crew, Commander Peggy Whitson and 
Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko, will launch from the Baikonur 
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 and arrive at the station on Oct. 12.

Accompanying Expedition 16 is Malaysian spaceflight participant Sheikh 
Muszaphar Shukor, who will return to Earth on Oct. 21 with Yurchikhin 
and Kotov. Anderson will remain on the station with Expedition 16 until 
his replacement, Flight Engineer Dan Tani, arrives on space shuttle 
Discovery later in October.

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