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[Sarex] ISS STATUS REPORT #06-35

*International Space Station Status Report #06-35*
*3 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 28, 2006 *
*Expedition 13 Crew*

The International Space Station's Expedition 13 crew members are a week 
away from their first U.S. spacewalk. They spent much of this week 
preparing themselves and their gear, and they activated a new laboratory 
super deep-freezer.

Astronauts Jeff Williams and Thomas Reiter will leave the station's 
Quest airlock hatch at 9:55 a.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 3, for a spacewalk 
that is scheduled for six hours and 20 minutes. Station Commander Pavel 
Vinogradov will serve as the spacewalk choreographer from inside the 
complex. NASA TV coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 9 a.m. EDT.

Williams and Reiter are both experienced spacewalkers. They will install 
a device to measure the electrical field around the station's exterior; 
replace a rotary joint motor controller and a computer for the radiator 
on the station's truss; deploy two experiments that expose samples of 
various materials to space for extended periods; and install various 
other hardware on the station. To get ready, the crew prepared 
spacesuits and tools, conducted a dry run of egress and ingress 
procedures, and moved the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm into position. 
The arm's cameras will provide television views of the spacewalk.

This week the crew also began operations of the new Minus Eighty-degree 
Laboratory Freezer for ISS. The equipment can reach temperatures as low 
as minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit. Provided by the European Space Agency, 
the freezer was delivered on shuttle mission STS-121 earlier this month 
and is installed in the Destiny laboratory. It has 300 liters of 
freezing and storage capacity in four compartments for experiment 
samples to preserve them for return to Earth.

On Tuesday, Russian flight controllers fired thrusters on the Progress 
supply ship docked to the aft end of the station to boost the station's 
altitude. They raised the complex to an orbit of 219 by 203 statute 
miles. The adjustment optimizes conditions for a docking by the Space 
Shuttle Atlantis, targeted for a launch window that begins Aug. 27, and 
by the station's next crew, Expedition 14, set for launch in 
mid-September on a Russian Soyuz rocket. The next station status report 
will be issued on Thursday, Aug. 3, following the spacewalk or earlier 
if events warrant. For more about the crew's activities and station 
sighting opportunities, visit: