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ISS Status Report: SS06-031 - 30 June 2006


> June 30, 2006
> Joe Pally
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-7239 
> James Hartsfield
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> 281-483-5111
> The Expedition 13 crew welcomed a Russian resupply ship this week and 
> prepared for the arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery. 
> Discovery's launch is scheduled for 3:49 p.m. EDT Saturday. 
> Discovery's STS-121 mission will return the station to three crew 
> members for the first time since 2003, when European Space Agency 
> astronaut Thomas Reiter joins crew members Jeff Williams, flight 
> engineer and Pavel Vinogradov, commander. 
> To get ready for STS-121 spacewalks, the crew flushed cooling loops in 
> the Quest airlock and U.S. spacesuits, configured airlock systems and 
> tools and reviewed robotic arm procedures. They checked out a 
> ship-to-ship communications system that will be used for 
> conversations with Discovery's crew during rendezvous and 
> disconnected the station's Common Cabin Air Assembly heat exchanger. 
> That device will be returned to Earth aboard Discovery along with 
> other equipment in the Italian-built Leonardo Multipurpose Logistics 
> Module. Discovery will use Leonardo to bring about 5,000 pounds of 
> supplies to the station. 
> The crew also completed a mid-mission session of the renal stone 
> experiment by collecting urine samples and logging all of the food 
> and drinks consumed over a three-day period. Each crewmember is 
> taking either potassium citrate, a drug found to be useful in 
> preventing kidney stone formation on Earth, or a placebo. Crews in 
> space are at risk for kidney stones because of their loss of bone 
> density. 
> ISS Progress 22, the unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft, brought 2.5 
> tons of fresh produce, other foodstuffs, food, fuel and supplies to 
> the station on June 26. After the cargo ship was fully connected with 
> station systems, flight controllers in Moscow completed a routine 
> thruster test, and Vinogradov removed its Kurs automated rendezvous 
> hardware. 
> The next station status report will be issued on Friday, July 7, or 
> after the STS-121 mission. 
> For more about the crew's activities and station sighting 
> opportunities, visit: 
> http://www.nasa.gov/station 
> For information about NASA and agency programs, visit: 
> http://www.nasa.gov/home 
> -end-
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