Russia: June 1997 Archives

Date: Friday, June 27, 1997 // Mission Day 138/43

OPERATIONS / Public Affairs Support -- The two NASA PAOs at MCC-M continu e to respond to media inquiries regarding the health of Mike Foale, the i mpact of the current situation on NASA 5 science OPS, and the status of Mir. A Mir status report was forwarded to Houston and HQ PAO for review/dissemination. The PAOs are also endeavoring to protect the OPS team from the ever-present media at MCC-M.

Experiment Operations

TEF -- After Mir lost attitude control which required Soyuz maneuvering for correction, the TEF was requested to be powered off. It had only been powered up for approximately 8 hours. Temperature at the time of power on yesterday was +16 deg. C. The samples (2nd collection of the Sleep Experiment) will be stowed for return; however, there will be no future requests or priority placed on reactivating the TEF to preserve these samples.

Greenhouse -- Mike reported that the seed pods are looking pretty good a nd expressed his concern about losing them. Mike stated that we needed to think very hard about how long they had been in the dark and to think what we needed to do to preserve the results of the experiment. Mike was advised of the current plan for Greenhouse. The cabling required to power Greenhouse is being researched. If power can be supplied to the SVET, the Greenhouse lights will be turned on for a little while. Water will also be supplied to the plants (Program 3). The radiogram for this has been supplied by the Russian/US PI team and is in work. Mike then reported that the leaves had curled some and that there were no more flowers present. There were large seed pods and that they looked pretty normal in appearance and size per the diagrams. Mike stated that he was very interested in opening one up for a look.

MOST was advised by the Russian ground team that a manual ventilation of beetle would occur tomorrow and that attempted power up would occur on Monday, June 30. MOST is trying to verify, but believes that the plan is for a permanent power up.


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