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*International Space Station Status Report #07-17*
*3 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 6, 2007*
*Expedition 14 Crew*

The Expedition 14 crew of the International Space Station was busy this 
week performing fitness evaluations, working on scientific experiments 
and preparing for the arrival of the Expedition 15 crew.

Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin, Expedition 15 commander, and Oleg Kotov, 
Expedition 15 flight engineer, and spaceflight participant Charles 
Simonyi, a U.S. businessman, are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur 
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan about 12:30 p.m. CDT Saturday. Their Soyuz 
TMA-10 spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the station about 2:12 p.m. 

The Expedition 14 crew, Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight 
Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, will return to Earth with Simonyi on April 20. 
In preparation for their departure, Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin reviewed 
descent procedures.

Flight Engineer Suni Williams, who joined Expedition 14 in progress, 
will remain on the station as an Expedition 15 crew member for the first 
part of its increment. The two crews held a space-to-ground conference 
on Wednesday discussing upcoming mission activities.

On Monday, Lopez-Alegria set a new U.S. single-mission spaceflight 
record, passing the 196-day mark previously set by station crew members 
Dan Bursch and Carl Walz in 2001 and 2002.

The Expedition 14 crew performed periodic fitness evaluations this week. 
Additionally, they worked on a video tape recorder and on a faulty light 
of an ophthalmoscope that was used during a health check. They 
downloaded information from the Internal Wireless Instrumentation 
System, or IWIS, which monitors the health of the station's systems.

The crew continued scientific activities aboard the station. Williams 
tested a bacteria detection instrument developed by researchers at 
Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and industry partners. 
The device, Lab-On-a-Chip Application Development Portable Test System 
(LOCAD-PTS) is a portable bacteria detection system small enough to fit 
into a compact ice cooler. Four more sessions with LOCAD-PTS are planned 
for upcoming weekend science sessions.

Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin tested their hand-eye coordination by 
completing their sixth sessions with the Test of Reaction and Adaptation 
Capability (TRAC) experiment. The experiment studies whether the decline 
of motor skills during spaceflight is a result of the brain adapting to 
space. The hand-eye coordination test is performed before, during and 
after the mission.

The crew also continued their work with the Anomalous Long-Term Effects 
in Astronauts' Central Nervous System (ALTEA) experiment. Using an 
instrumented helmet, the experiment measures the cosmic radiation that 
passes through a crew member's head, brain activity and visual 
perception. The experiment should help researchers better understand 
what levels of cosmic radiation crew members are exposed to and develop 
countermeasures for future long-duration spaceflights.

For more about the crew's activities and station sighting opportunities, 


The next station status report will be issued after the launch of Soyuz 
TMA-10 on Saturday or earlier if events warrant.


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