ISS News: April 2006 Archives

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 21 April 2006

"Update on SM thruster test: Yesterday's test firing of the SM manifold #2 yaw thruster (-RZ) was executed as planned, and preliminary reports indicated that there were no issues. [This was a repeat of Part 1 of the thruster test attempted on 4/14 which was unsuccessful due to a procedural error.]"

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 20 April 2006

"ISS Reboost: The test of the SM main engines scheduled yesterday at 3:49pm EDT was aborted without engine ignition when the onboard software received no signal that the sun cover on engine #2 had opened. Attitude control was handed back to US without problems. TsUP/Moscow will not plan a retry until the data is fully analyzed and understood."

Editor's note: Have a look at this image. To the left of Jeff Williams is another package of space-certified Huggies. As was the case with the previous on-orbit Huggies sighting, Jeff's Huggies feature the comforting image of Winnie the Pooh. I hope these wipes have Aloe too. It's so dry in outer space.

NASA Flies Huggies in Space, SpaceRef (earlier post)

"Of course, NASA has to have documentation for everything that flies in space - and the Huggies are no different. These NASA drawings specify the container that holds the Huggies in space. Curiously, I don't see any specification for the Winnie the Pooh images that appear on the container in this photo."

Trip to Mars Will Challenge Bones, Muscles: Former Astronaut calls for More NASA Research on Exercise in Space, American College of Sports Medicine

"During a trip to Marslasting between 13 and 30 monthsunchecked bone loss could make an astronaut's skeleton "the equivalent of a 100-year-old person," [Neurolab astronaut James A. Pawelczyk, Ph.D.] warned. Bones weakened to such an extent would be highly susceptible to fractures, putting space travelers' health and the mission itself at risk."

Editor's note: So what kind of research are they cutting on ISS? You guessed it: life science.

NASA weighs publicity stunt, AP

"NASA officials met on Tuesday to review the safety of the stunt, which already has been approved by the Russian space agency. NASA is expected to make a decision at a later date."

Golf or Science: What is NASA's Plan for the Space Station?

BEUTEL: The space station program's extravehicular activity office, operations office and mission management team all are evaluating this event. Each of these groups also includes a representative from Safety & Mission Assurance. As always, both the Russian and U.S. safety experts will make sure this is safe before moving forward. We will be able to provide more direct answers to your questions when the safety review is complete. We don't have a time on that yet.

Expedition 12 Is Home

Expedition 12 Arrives Back on Earth Aboard Soyuz TMA-7

"Expedition 12 has left the International Space Station after six-months and has returned to Earth. Their Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft landed in Kazakhstan tonight at 7:48 p.m. EDT."

False alarms scrub airlock camp out, Reuters

"Astronauts Bill McArthur and Jeffrey Williams retired to the U.S. airlock module Monday night for what was expected to be an undisturbed night. But loud alarms rang out twice during the night due to a software glitch that falsely detected low levels of carbon dioxide. NASA cancelled the camp out at 12:43 a.m. EDT (5:43 a.m. British time), said spokesman Kyle Herring."



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