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ISS EO-15


Six-month, long-term, all-Russian resident crew of the International Space Station. Crew: Kotov, Yurchikhin. Soyuz reentered with the forward hatch taking the re-entry heating, until the connecting strut burned through. 8.6 G ballistic re-entry, landing 340 km short. Backup crew: Romanenko Roman, Korniyenko.

Six-month, long-term, all-Russian resident crew of the International Space Station.

Main tasks and events of the mission:

  • Launch of the two ISS-15 crewmembers and space tourist Simonyi (mission (EP-12) aboard Soyuz TMA-10 on ISS flight 14S;
  • Docking of Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft to the Functional Cargo Module (FGB) port of the ISS
  • Operational support for loading and undocking of Soyuz TMA-9 (with the EO-14 crew and Simonyi aboard) from the Instrument Compartment of the Service Module (IC-SM);
  • Operational support for docking of the Space Shuttle STS-117 in flight 13?; return to earth of NASA crewmember Sunita Williams aboard STS-117; arrival at station of NASA crewmember Clayton aboard STS-117.
  • Operational support for docking of Progress M-60 to IC-SM and its unloading;
  • Operational support for docking of the Space Shuttle STS-118 in flight 13?.1. Rotation of one ISS-15 NASA crewmember by the Shuttle in flight 13A.1;
  • Loading and undocking of Progress M-59 from DC1;
  • Operational support for docking of Progress M-61 to DC1 and its unloading;
  • Loading and undocking of Progress M-60 from SM IC;
  • Operational support for docking of the Space Shuttle STS-120 in flight 10?. Rotation of one ISS-15 NASA crewmember by the Shuttle in flight 10A;
  • Loading and undocking of Progress M-61 from DC1;
  • Support of the Space Station functionality;
  • Performance of extravehicular activity: i.e. one US egress (EVA) on the ISS USOS and two Russian egresses (EVA) on the ISS Russian Segment;
  • Performance of the science and application research program and experiments (Crystallizator, Relaksatsia, Uragan, Ekon, Plasma-ISS, Plasma-Progress, Ten'-Mayak, Cardio-ODNT, Profilaktika, Pilot, Dykhanie, Pnevmocard, BIMS, Biorisk, Rastenia, Plasmida, Statokonia, Regeneration, Prognos, Matroshka-R, Diatomeya, Glikoproteid, Mimetik-K, KAF, Vaktsina-K, Biotrek, Konjugatsia, Biodegradatsia, Bioecologia, Bioemulsiya, Interleikin-K, Antigen, Infrazvuk-M, Vector-T, Izgib, Plasma Crystal, Identifikatsiya, Sreda, Infotech, BTN-Neutron), as well as contract-based commercial activities (GTS-2, GCF-JAXA, ALTCRISS, CARDIOCOG, NOA, IMMUNO, SAMPLE);
  • Implementation of the utilization program for tourist Charles Simonyi onboard the ISS, as well as performance of ESA life science experiments (SAMPLE, MUSCULE) during the VC-12 time;
  • Crew handover to crew ISS EO-16 and return of the two ISS EO-15 crewmembers and the spaceflight participant working under the visiting crew (EP-13) program by transport manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-10.
The ISS EO-15 crew (in the launch phase) consisted of two persons. The ISS-14 crewmember Sunita Williams (USA), already aboard the ISS at the time of their arrival, worked on board the Space Station together with the ISS EO-15 crew. Williams was replaced by Anderson by the Space Shuttle in flight STS-117/13A (originally planned for STS-118/13A.1 but shifted due to launch delay of STS-117/13A.1). Anderson (USA) was to be replaced by Tany (USA) by the Space Shuttle in flight STS-120/10A.

AKA: Soyuz TMA-10; Pulsar.
First Launch: 2007.04.07.
Last Launch: 2007.10.21.
Duration: 196.71 days.

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Associated People
  • Yurchikhin Yurchikhin, Fyodor Nikolayevich (1959-) Georgian-Russian engineer cosmonaut. Flew on STS-112, ISS EO-15,ISS EO-24. 373 cumulative days in space. Engineer, Energia NPO. More...
  • Korniyenko Korniyenko, Mikhail Borisovich (1960-) Russian engineer cosmonaut, 1998-on. Graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute, 1987 Worked as an engineer at KBOM, then transferred to RKKE. Cosmonaut training completed November 19, 1999. More...
  • Kotov Kotov, Oleg Valeriyevich (1965-) Russian physician cosmonaut. Flew on ISS EO-15, ISS EO-22. MD from Moscow Sergei M. Kirov Military Medicine Academy, 1980 . Russian Air Force. Worked in the TsPK, medical department. Cosmonaut training 3 June 1996 - 18 March 1998. More...
  • Romanenko, Roman Romanenko, Roman Yuriyevich (1971-) Russian pilot cosmonaut, 1997-on. Son of cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko. Graduated from Chernigov Higher Military Air School of Pilots, 1992 Russian Air Force. Cosmonaut training completed November 19. 1999. More...

See also
Associated Programs
  • ISS Finally completed in 2010 after a torturous 25-year development and production process, the International Space Station was originally conceived as the staging post for manned exploration of the solar systrem. Instead, it was seemed to be the death knell of manned spaceflight. More...

ISS EO-15 Chronology


2007 March 2 - .
2007 March 23 - .
2007 March 29 - .
2007 April 6 - .
2007 April 7 - .
2007 April 7 - . 17:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz FG. LV Configuration: Soyuz-FG 019.
  • Soyuz TMA-10 - . Call Sign: Pulsar. Crew: Yurchikhin; Kotov; Simonyi. Return Crew: Yurchikhin; Kotov; Muszaphar. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 220 / ISS-14S. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Simonyi; Yurchikhin; Kotov; Muszaphar. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EP-12. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 196.71 days. Decay Date: 2007-10-21 . USAF Sat Cat: 31100 . COSPAR: 2007-008A. Apogee: 341 km (211 mi). Perigee: 330 km (200 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min. Carried the Expedition 15 crew and space tourist Charles Simonyi to the International Space Station. Soyuz TMA-10 docked at the Zarya port of the International Space Station at 19:10 GMT on 9 April. It undocked from Zarya at 19:20 GMT on Sep 27 September and docked at the Zvezda port at 19:47 GMT to clear Zarya for Soyuz TMA-10.

    The EO-15 crew and EP-13 space tourist Shukor (brought to the station by Soyuz TMA-11) boarded Soyuz TM-10 and undocked from the Zvezda port at 07:14 GMT on 21 October. The re-entry burn began at 09:47 and was normal. But afterwards, due to failure of an explosive bolt, the Soyuz service module remained connected to the re-entry capsule. The Soyuz tumbled, then began re-entry with the forward hatch taking the re-entry heating, until the connecting strut burned through. The Soyuz the righted itself with the heat shield taking the heating, but defaulted to an 8.6 G ballistic re-entry, landing 340 km short of the aim point at 10:36 GMT. Improved procedures after the ballistic re-entry of Soyuz TMA-1 meant a helicopter recovery crew reached the capsule only 20 minutes after thumpdown. However the true nature of the failure was concealed from the world until the same thing happened on Soyuz TMA-11.


2007 April 9 - .
2007 April 13 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Tyurin; Williams; Lopez-Alegria; Simonyi; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; ISS EO-15-1; ISS EO-15; ISS EP-12. Two Expedition 15 cosmonauts spent much of the week in handover activities with their Expedition 14 predecessors. Their new crewmate, Sunita Williams who has been aboard the International Space Station for more than three months, also is helping them learn the ropes. Additional Details: here....

2007 April 20 - .
2007 April 21 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Tyurin; Williams; Lopez-Alegria; Simonyi; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-14; ISS EO-15-1; ISS EO-15; ISS EP-12. Summary: The 14th crew of the International Space Station, Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, along with spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi landed their Soyuz spacecraft in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 7:31 a.m. CDT Saturday.. Additional Details: here....

2007 April 27 - .
2007 May 4 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-24 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: Marking the second week working together, the Expedition 15 crew wrapped up various maintenance tasks, science experiments and preparations for the May 15 arrival of the Progress 25 supply ship.. Additional Details: here....

2007 May 11 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: A new cargo freighter launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 10:25 p.m. CDT Friday with more than 2.5 tons of fuel, air, water and other supplies and equipment aboard.. Additional Details: here....

2007 May 12 - . 03:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511U. LV Configuration: Soyuz-U Ts15000-104 / ISS-25P.
  • Progress M-60 - . Payload: Progress M s/n 360. Mass: 7,280 kg (16,040 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Williams; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 136.65 days. Decay Date: 2007-09-25 . USAF Sat Cat: 31393 . COSPAR: 2007-017A. Apogee: 341 km (211 mi). Perigee: 330 km (200 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min. Space station resupply spacecraft which docked with the Zvezda port of the International Space Station at 05:10 GMT on 15 May. It undocked on 19 September was conducted plasma depletion experiments before being deorbited over the Pacific at 19:01 GMT on 25 September..

2007 May 15 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: A spacecraft automatically docked to the International Space Station early Tuesday, delivering 2.5 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the residents on board.. Additional Details: here....

2007 May 18 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-27 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: The Expedition 15 crew this week unpacked supplies and began preparing for the arrival of the next visiting spacecraft and two spacewalks at the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 May 25 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-28 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Anderson, Clayton; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; ISS EO-15-2. Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov prepared this week for two spacewalks while Flight Engineer Suni Williams prepared for her return to Earth. In preparation for her successor's arrival, Williams' downlinked a 10-minute video tour for Clayton Anderson, who will travel to the station on the upcoming space shuttle flight. Additional Details: here....

2007 May 29 - .
  • Soyuz docking port swap on International Space Station. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: Progress M-58 undocked from the Zvezda module on 27 March. The EO-14 crew boarded Soyuz TMA-9 on 29 March, undocked from the Zarya port at 22:30 GMT, and redocked at the Zvezda port at 22:54. This freed the Zarya port for the pending Soyuz TMA-10 launch..

2007 May 30 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-29 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: Two International Space Station cosmonauts stepped outside Wednesday for a 5-hour, 25-minute spacewalk, installing Service Module Debris Protection panels and rerouting a Global Positioning System antenna cable.. Additional Details: here....

2007 May 30 - . 19:05 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-15-1 - . Crew: Yurchikhin; Kotov. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.23 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Yurchikhin; Kotov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. The spacewalk was made from the Pirs module. The crew attached an extension to the Strela-2 boom, then used it to assist in moving 17 debris panels from PMA-3 to the Zvezda module. After some cabling work to prepare the Zvezda module for future docking operations with the European ATV cargo resupply spacecraft, the crew installed five of the debris shields around the forward exterior of Zvezda. The aluminum shields, designed to protect the Russian segment from space junk, were typically around 60 cm x 1 m each with a thickness of 25 mm and a mass of 8 kg.

2007 June 1 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-30 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: The Expedition 15 crew completed the first of three planned spacewalks this week and prepared for the upcoming arrival of space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 6 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-31 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Sturckow; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The Expedition 15 crew completed the second spacewalk in eight days and continued preparations for space shuttle Atlantis' arrival at the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 6 - . 14:23 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-15-2 - . Crew: Yurchikhin; Kotov. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.23 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Yurchikhin; Kotov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Exiting from the Pirs airlock, the cosmonauts first installed the Biorisk microorganism experiment on the outside of the station. They laid some ethernet cable on the exterior of the Zarya module that completed work to allow the Russian segment to be controlled from the US segment. The crew then completed installation of the final 12 debris panels on the Zvezda module to provide improved protection against micrometeoroids and space junk.

2007 June 8 - .
2007 June 8 - . 23:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-117.
  • STS-117 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Anderson, Clayton. Return Crew: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Williams. Payload: Atlantis F28 / S3, S4. Mass: 122,685 kg (270,474 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Anderson, Clayton; Williams. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117; ISS EO-15-2. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 13.84 days. Decay Date: 2007-06-22 . USAF Sat Cat: 31600 . COSPAR: 2007-024A. Apogee: 341 km (211 mi). Perigee: 330 km (200 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min. The shuttle delivered the S3 and S4 truss segments to the starboard side of the International Space Station. The crew made three spacewalks to install these truss segments, conduct other station reconfiguration and installation work, deploy the solar arrays and prepare them for operation. A fourth spacewalk was added to repair loose re-entry insulation on the shuttle and get-ahead installation work on the outside of the station. The shuttle delivered NASA long-term ISS crew member Clayton Anderson to the station; and returned Suni Williams to earth. At the conclusion of this mission the station finally achieved its full-power, dual-boom configuration first conceived for Space Station Freedom in the 1980's.

2007 June 9 - .
2007 June 9 - .
2007 June 10 - .
2007 June 10 - .
2007 June 11 - .
2007 June 11 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas; Forrester; Archambault; Kotov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The International Space Station grew in size and capability today when the S3/S4 Truss became a permanent addition as crewmembers worked inside and outside the complex to complete the final hookups.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 12 - .
2007 June 12 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The International Space Station today spread its wings again with the activation of a new pair of solar arrays that will generate enough power to supply about eight homes.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 12 - . 20:02 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-1 - . Crew: Reilly; Olivas. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The crew connected power, data and cooling cables between the S1 and S3 trusses; deployed the four solar array blanket boxes on S4; released the photovoltaic radiator on S4; rotated the keel pin on S3; modified the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint; and removed SARJ launch locks.

2007 June 13 - .
2007 June 13 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas; Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Just a few launch restraint bolts stand between the International Space Station’s new solar arrays and rotation, following a seven hour and 16 minute spacewalk by Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester and Steve Swanson.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 14 - .
2007 June 14 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Reilly; Olivas; Archambault; Sturckow. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The space shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crews inside the station today partially retracted a solar array and prepared for the third spacewalk that will focus on repair of a damaged thermal blanket on the shuttle and assisting “on the scene” with additional retraction of the array. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 14 - . 18:28 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-2 - . Crew: Forrester; Swanson. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.30 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester; Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The crew removed all of the launch locks on the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint in place. The spacewalkers had planned to remove the joint’s launch restraints as well, but problems with the wiring of a drive-lock assembly installed on the previous spacewalk led to that task being deferred to the next EVA.

2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas; Swanson; Forrester; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The situation aboard space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station improved greatly today following repair of a protruding thermal blanket, restoring power to problematic Russian navigation computers, and completing retraction of a finicky solar array. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Swanson; Olivas. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are only hours from the week’s third spacewalk out of the International Space Station, a 6½-hour excursion to repair a thermal blanket on the orbiter and assist in folding up a solar array on the station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 16 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Olivas; Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: A new spaceflight endurance record was set this morning as 10 astronauts and cosmonauts slept on the docked space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 16 - .
2007 June 16 - . 17:24 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-3 - . Crew: Reilly; Olivas. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.33 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Olivas spent the first two hours stapling down loose re-entry thermal insulation on Atlantis’ orbital maneuvering system pod. Reilly meanwhile installed the hydrogen vent valve of a new oxygen generation system on the Destiny laboratory. They then worked together on the wearisome task of folding an old solar array on the station in preparation for its move to another location on the station later in the year.

2007 June 17 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Swanson; Forrester; Kotov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: For the fourth time in less than a week, the astronauts on Space Shuttle Atlantis are about to venture outside their spacecraft to press ahead with assembly of the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 17 - .
2007 June 17 - . 16:25 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-4 - . Crew: Forrester; Swanson. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester; Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The crew moved a video camera from the Quest module to the S3 truss. They verified the connections on the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint and removed its launch restraints. They then removed hardware along the S3 truss, clearing it for use by the tracked Mobile Base System. They then installed a computer network cable on the Unity node; opened the hydrogen vent valve on the Destiny laboratory installed on the previous EVA; and tethered two orbital debris shield panels on the station’s service module.

2007 June 18 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Crews aboard the space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station bid farewell to one another and closed the hatches between their spacecraft at 5:51 p.m. today in preparation for the shuttle’s departure Tuesday morning at 9:42 a.m.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 18 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis got up this morning looking ahead to time off duty and awaiting word on when they’ll undock from the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 19 - .
2007 June 19 - .
2007 June 20 - .
2007 June 20 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas; Swanson; Archambault; Sturckow. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Space shuttle Atlantis’ astronauts spent – weather permitting – their last full day on orbit today getting their ship ready to return home tomorrow with two landing opportunities available at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 12:55 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 21 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #28 - . Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The exact times of Friday landing opportunities for the Space Shuttle Atlantis and its crew changed slightly following a brief engine firing that adjusted the spacecraft’s orbit.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 21 - .
2007 June 21 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Sturckow; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are just hours away from an anticipated landing in Florida to conclude a nearly 13-day mission to deliver new electrical generation capacity for expansion of the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 22 - .
2007 June 22 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #29 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Sturckow. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are getting ready for a second day of landing attempts with a chance to conclude the mission, in Florida or California.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 29 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-32 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov; Yurchikhin; Anderson, Clayton. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. After the departure of the space shuttle Atlantis, Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov returned to their daily operations aboard the International Space Station this week, while newly arrived Flight Engineer Clay Anderson began conducting scientific experiments. Additional Details: here....

2007 July 6 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-33 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov; Yurchikhin; Anderson, Clayton. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Clay Anderson this week finished preparing their spacesuits for a planned July 23 spacewalk. Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov also continued evaluating the computers on the Russian segment of the International Space Station. Additional Details: here....

2007 July 23 - .
  • ISS EO-15: Station Crew Winds Up Ammonia Reservoir Jettison Spacewalk - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton; Yurchikhin; Kotov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: Two International Space Station crew members Monday successfully wrapped up a 7-hour, 41-minute spacewalk that saw the removal and jettison of a refrigerator-size ammonia reservoir.. Additional Details: here....

2007 July 23 - . 10:25 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-15-3 - . Crew: Yurchikhin; Anderson, Clayton. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.32 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Yurchikhin; Anderson, Clayton. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. The crew emerged from the Quest airlock at 10:24 GMT. A video stanchion was removed from the ESP-2 external spares cache and installed on an external truss of the station. 736 kg of redundant storage structures and equipment were removed and pushed by the astronauts away from the station, into orbits that would eventually decay and reenter the atmosphere.

2007 August 2 - . 17:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511U. LV Configuration: Soyuz-U Sh15000-108 / ISS-26P.
  • Progress M-61 - . Payload: Progress M s/n 361. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 173.00 days. Decay Date: 2008-01-22 . USAF Sat Cat: 32001 . COSPAR: 2007-033A. Apogee: 346 km (214 mi). Perigee: 334 km (207 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.30 min. International space station resupply; docked with the Pirs module at 18:40 GMT on 5 August. Undocked at 03:59 GMT on 22 December to clear port for Progress M-62 launched the next day. Deorbited over the Pacific on 22 January 2008 after a month of free flight carrying out the Plazma-Progress experiment.

2007 August 5 - .
  • ISS EO-15: Progress Docks to Space Station - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Yurchikhin; Kotov. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: A new Progress cargo carrier docked to the International Space Station's Pirs docking compartment at 2:40 p.m. EDT Sunday with more than 2.5 tons of fuel, air, water and other supplies and equipment aboard.. Additional Details: here....

2007 August 8 - . 22:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-118.
  • STS-118 - . Call Sign: Endeavour. Crew: Kelly, Scott; Hobaugh; Caldwell; Mastracchio; Williams, Dave; Morgan; Drew. Payload: Endeavour F20 / S5, Spacehab. Mass: 14,036 kg (30,944 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kelly, Scott; Hobaugh; Caldwell; Mastracchio; Williams, Dave; Morgan; Drew. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: ISS EO-15; STS-118; ISS EO-15-1. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Duration: 12.75 days. Decay Date: 2007-08-21 . USAF Sat Cat: 32008 . COSPAR: 2007-035A. Apogee: 348 km (216 mi). Perigee: 337 km (209 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min. Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched on Aug 8 at 2236 UTC. The STS-118 stack comprised Orbiter OV-105, solid rockets RSRM-97 and external tank ET-117. The solid boosters separated 2 min after launch. At 2245 UTC the orbiter main engines cut off and ET-117 separated into an approximately 57 x 225 km x 51.6 deg orbit. The OMS-2 burn at 2313 UTC put Endeavour in a higher 229 x 317 km orbit as the ET fell back to reentry around 2346 UTC.

    During ascent a large chunk of external tank foam was observed to hit the underside of the orbiter. Examination in orbit using the robotic arm showed a hole in a heat shield tile that went down to the felt mounting pad. There was considerable press discussion of the danger, but as the mission drew to a close NASA decided that no lasting damage would be incurred during reentry to the orbiter structure, and called off a potential extra spacewalk to repair the tile.

    Endeavour docked at the PMA-2 adapter on the Station at 18:02 GMT on 10 August; the hatches were opened at 20:04.

    The 14036 kg of cargo broke down as follows:

    • Bay 1-2: Orbiter Docking System, 1800 kg
    • Bay 1-2: EMU 3010, 130 kg
    • Bay 1-2: EMU 3017, 130 kg
    • Bay 3: Tunnel Adapter, 112 kg
    • Bay 5-7: Spacehab-SM Single Module, 5480 kg: Loaded with research experimental equipment and consumables to be left at the station.
    • Bay 8P: SPDU: Station Power Distribution Unit, will be left at the ISS and allow the Orbiter to draw electricity from the station while docked, allowing longer missions
    • Bay 8-10: S5 Truss, 1584 kg: a short spacer truss installed at the end of the ISS S4 truss during the mission, to eliminate interference with the S6 solar panels when they would be added later
    • Bay 11-12: ESP-3, 3400 kg: External Stowage Platform 3, left at the ISS, provided external storage for spare parts, and was delivered with a spare nitrogen tank for the truss cooling system, a spare truss battery charge/discharge unit (BCDU), a spare Canadarm-2 robot arm pitch roll joint, and a replacement Control Moment Gyro for the Z1 truss
    • Bay 11-12: CMG-3R ORU, 540 kg
    • Sill: OBSS, 450 kg
    • Sill: RMS 201, 410 kg
    The shuttle's RMS 201 robotic arm moved the S5 truss from the payload bay at 20:50 on 10 August. It was handed over to the station's Canadarm-2 robotic arm, which then attached it to the S4 truss at 17:30 on 11 August, with astronauts assisting on the first of four spacewalks of the mission. On 14 August, ESP-3 was unberthed from Endeavour's payload bay and attached to the P3 truss on the Station, where its spare parts can be reached if needed.

    Following successful completion of all cargo delivery and station assembly tasks, the crew returned to Endeavour on 18 August, undocking the next day at 11:56 GMT. Landing was moved up a day ahead of schedule because of concern a hurricane might force evacuation of the Houston Control Center on the originally-planned return date. Endeavour began its deorbit burn at 15:25 GMT on August 21 and lowered its orbit from 336 x 347 km to -28 x 342 km. It landed on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center at 16:32 GMT. Landing mass was 100,878 kg.


2007 August 11 - . 16:28 GMT - .
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2007 August 15 - . 14:37 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-118-3 - . Crew: Mastracchio; Anderson, Clayton. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.23 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Mastracchio; Anderson, Clayton. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2; STS-118. The crew exited into free space at 14:36 GMT. The SASA antenna was relocated from the P6 to the P1 truss, and two CETA carts were moved from S1 to P1. As a precautionary measure Mastracchio retreated to the airlock when he found minor damage to his glove, but Anderson continued working outside for another hour.

2007 August 18 - . 14:17 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-118-4 - . Crew: Williams, Dave; Anderson, Clayton. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.21 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams, Dave; Anderson, Clayton. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2; STS-118. Summary: The astronauts began work outside at 13:16 GMT. They removed two external exposure experiments for return to earth, installed a communications antenna on the Destiny module, and mounting brackets for the Orbiter Boom Sensor Syste) on the S1 truss..

2007 August 30 - .
  • ISS EO-15: PMA-3 Relocation - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton; Yurchikhin; Kotov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: International Space Station crew members moved Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 from the left side of the Unity node to the bottom in process that prepares the station for future growth.. Additional Details: here....

2007 September 19 - .
  • ISS EO-15: ISS 'Mates' SWAB Deck - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: There is no five second rule on the space station! Cleanliness is not just the dirt one can see. It’s also a matter of bacteria and parasites. That’s why -- even though there is no floor -- there is no five second rule on the space station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 September 27 - .
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2007 October 23 - .
2007 October 23 - . 15:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-120.
  • STS-120 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Melroy; Zamka; Parazynski; Wheelock; Wilson; Nespoli; Tani. Return Crew: Melroy; Zamka; Parazynski; Wheelock; Wilson; Nespoli; Anderson, Clayton. Payload: Discovery F33 / Harmony / ISS-10A. Mass: 123,400 kg (272,000 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Tani; Melroy; Zamka; Parazynski; Wheelock; Wilson; Nespoli; Anderson, Clayton. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; ISS EO-15-1. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 15.10 days. Decay Date: 2007-11-07 . USAF Sat Cat: 32272 . COSPAR: 2007-050A. Apogee: 344 km (213 mi). Perigee: 340 km (210 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min. Main mission objectives were delivery of the Harmony module to the station, and external work to move the P6 truss to its final location and put the ISS into its full-power configuration for the first time. Discovery docked with the ISS at the Destiny module at 12:40 GMT on 25 October. The cargo of 17,390 kg was as follows:
    • Orbiter Docking System - Bay 1-2 - 1800 kg
    • Spacesuit EMU 3004 - 130 kg
    • Spacesuit EMU 3003 - 130 kg
    • Station Power Distribution Unit SPDU - Bay 3P - 100 kg
    • Fixture for return of S-band Antenna - SASA FSE - Bay 3P - 4S - 100 kg
    • Power/Data Grapple Fixture for Node-2 - PDGF - Bay 5P - 50 kg
    • Main Bus Switching Unit - MBSU - Bay 6S - 238 kg
    • MBSU adapter - Bay 6S - 122 kg
    • Station Power Distribution Unit - SPDU - Bay 6S - 7P - 100 kg
    • Node-2 Harmony module - Bays 8-12 - 14,300 kg
    • OBSS 203 - Sill 450 kg
    • RMS 301 - Sill 410 kg

2007 October 24 - .
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2007 October 25 - .
2007 October 25 - .
2007 October 26 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #7 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15. Summary: Delivery of Harmony highlights the day as the crews of Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station prepare for the first of a record five spacewalks planned for a single shuttle assembly mission.. Additional Details: here....

2007 October 26 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #8 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock; Wilson; Nespoli; Tani; Anderson, Clayton; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. It proved to be a perfect day for a spacewalk. In just over six hours, STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Doug Wheelock installed the Harmony module in its temporary location on the International Space Station, readied the P6 truss for its relocation on Sunday, retrieved a failed radio communications antenna and snapped shut a window cover on Harmony that opened during launch on the space shuttle. Additional Details: here....

2007 October 27 - .
2007 October 27 - .
2007 October 28 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock; Wilson; Tani. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: The second of a record five spacewalks on one space shuttle visit to the International Space Station begins this morning, and it will end with a major station element en route to a new location.. Additional Details: here....

2007 October 28 - .
2007 October 29 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: As crew members aboard the International Space Station and space shuttle Discovery prepared for the third spacewalk, they learned that the shuttle will spend an extra day in space, with landing now scheduled for just after 4 a.m. Nov. 7.. Additional Details: here....

2007 October 29 - .
2007 October 30 - .
2007 October 30 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Zamka; Parazynski; Wheelock; Wilson; Tani. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Astronauts Scott Parazynski and Doug Wheelock today install the International Space Station’s P6 truss in its final location. A new task was also added to this third spacewalk of the mission to provide comparison data of the station’s two solar array rotary joints. The spacewalk is set to begin at 3:53 a.m. CDT. Additional Details: here....

2007 October 30 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: The crew of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station executed a flawless spacewalk today, but ran into some unexpected issues afterward.. Additional Details: here....

2007 October 31 - .
2007 October 31 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Nespoli. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: Crew members on space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will spend today preparing for a spacewalk designed to learn more about the joint that rotates the starboard side solar arrays.. Additional Details: here....

2007 October 31 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: Space shuttle Discovery astronauts will have an extra day to prepare for their mission’s fourth spacewalk, as the International Space Station Program has changed its priority from inspection of a rotary joint to repair of a solar array.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 1 - .
2007 November 1 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock; Wilson; Tani. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: The space shuttle Discovery and International Space Station crews spent the day putting together tools and making preparations for Saturday’s spacewalk to repair a torn solar array.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 1 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #19 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: Space Shuttle Discovery’s astronauts today will assemble and configure tools to repair a torn solar array blanket on the International Space Station’s port truss during the mission’s fourth spacewalk, now scheduled for Saturday.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 2 - .
2007 November 2 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: Space shuttle Discovery and International Space Station crew members today finished preparations for Saturday’s spacewalk to repair a torn solar array. The mission’s fourth spacewalk is set to begin about 5:30 a.m.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 2 - .
2007 November 3 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #23 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Doug Wheelock today will work to repair a torn solar array on the farthest end of the International Space Station’s port truss in the fourth spacewalk of the STS-120 mission.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 3 - .
2007 November 3 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #24 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. Summary: With a few pieces of aluminum and a little bit of wire, Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski today repaired a damaged solar array during a spacewalk that lasted 7 hours, 19 minutes.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 4 - .
2007 November 4 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Parazynski; Wheelock; Wilson; Tani. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: The astronauts on space shuttle Discovery got up this morning prepared to complete the final cargo transfers between the two vehicles and bid farewell to the Expedition 16 crew.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 4 - .
2007 November 5 - .
2007 November 5 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #27 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Melroy; Zamka; Parazynski; Wilson; Nespoli. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1. All systems are go for this morning’s undocking of space shuttle Discovery from the International Space Station, completing 11 days of joint docked operations that saw the successful delivery of a new pressurized module and the repair of a damaged solar array wing. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 5 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #28 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Zamka; Anderson, Clayton. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Space shuttle Discovery’s crew left the International Space Station this morning after almost 11 days of joint operations with the Expedition 16 crew. After inspecting the orbiter’s heat shield for any micrometeoroid damage, the astronauts turned their attention to returning home on Wednesday. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 6 - .
2007 November 6 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #30 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Tani; Whitson; Malenchenko. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: The seven astronauts on board space shuttle Discovery completed final preparations today for their return home with landing planned for the first of two opportunities to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, at 12:02 p.m. Wednesday.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 6 - .
2007 November 7 - .
  • STS-120 MCC Status Report #31 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Melroy; Tani; Whitson; Malenchenko. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: The astronauts on space shuttle Discovery are only hours away from a landing in Florida that will conclude a successful 15-day mission that delivered a new module and repaired a damaged solar array on the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 7 - .
2007 November 7 - .
2007 November 8 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 11/08/07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Whitson; Tani; Malenchenko. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: In preparation for tomorrow's EVA-5, CDR Whitson and FE-1 Malenchenko, before breakfast, took the standard pre-EVA session with the Russian crew health-monitoring program's medical assessment MO-9/Biochemical Urinalysis.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 9 - .
2007 November 9 - .
  • ISS EO-16: Station Spacewalk Prepares for PMA, Harmony Moves - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Tani; Whitson; Malenchenko. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: A successful 6-hour, 55-minute spacewalk to prepare for the relocation of Pressurized Mating Adapter 2 and the subsequent move of the new Harmony node to its permanent International Space Station home ended at 10:49 a.m. EST Friday.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 10 - .
2007 November 11 - .
2007 November 12 - .
2007 November 12 - .
  • ISS EO-16: PMA-2 Move Readies Station for Harmony Relocation - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Tani; Whitson. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: International Space Station crew members moved Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 from the front of the U.S. laboratory Destiny to the Harmony node early Monday, clearing the way for Harmony's relocation to its permanent home.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 13 - .
2007 November 14 - .
  • ISS EO-16: Harmony Moved to Front of Space Station - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Tani; Whitson. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: The new Harmony node of the International Space Station is now in position to receive the European and Japanese modules to be added to the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 14 - .
2007 November 15 - .
  • ISS EO-16: Spacewalkers to Hook Up Harmony at its New Location - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Tani; Whitson; Malenchenko. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: A 6-hour, 40-minute spacewalk by International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani will begin the external outfitting of the Harmony node in its new position in front of the U.S laboratory Destiny.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 30 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 11/30/07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov; Malenchenko; Tani; Whitson; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; STS-122; STS-123. As is standard for new Expeditions, the two Flight Engineers, Malenchenko and Tani, performed the periodic 3-hr. routine health checkout on the RS (Russian segment)'s STTS telephone/telegraph subsystem.

    This includes inspection and audio function checks of all comm panels (PA) in and between the Service Module (SM), FGB and Docking Compartment (DC1), VHF receiver tests, and an audit of headsets. (The "Voskhod-M" STTS enables telephone communications between the SM, FGB, DC1 and U.S. segment (USOS), and also with users on the ground over VHF channels selected by an operator at an SM comm panel, via STTS antennas on the SM's outside. There are six comm panels in the SM with pushbuttons for accessing any of three audio channels, plus an intercom channel. Other modes of the STTS include telegraphy (teletype), EVA voice, emergency alarms, Packet/Email, and TORU docking support. Last time done 4/15/07 by Yurchikhin & Kotov.) Additional Details: here....


2007 December 1 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 12/01/07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov; Love; Malenchenko; Tani; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; STS-122. Saturday. FE-1 Malenchenko continued preparations for operating the Russian/German TEKh-20 Plasma Crystal-3 Plus (PK-3+) experiment payload.

    (After yesterday's hardware setup, leak checking of the electronics box and evacuation of the vacuum work chamber (ZB) with the turbopump, the CDR conducted more testing and calibration, uploaded new software from a USB stick to the payload laptop, checked out the software installation and verified the readiness of the experiment. After additional leak checking on the work chamber during the day, Yuri will deactivate the turbopump tonight at ~4:25pm EST. The experiment is performed on plasma, i.e., fine particles charged and excited by HF (high frequency) radio power inside the evacuated work chamber. Main objective is to obtain a homogeneous plasma dust cloud at various pressures and particle quantities with or without superimposition of an LF (low frequency) harmonic electrical field. The experiment is conducted in automated mode. PK-3+ has more advanced hardware and software than the previously used Russian PKE-Nefedov payload.) Additional Details: here....


2007 December 4 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 12/04/07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Drew; Kotov; Malenchenko; Tani; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; STS-122. FE-1 Malenchenko supported the Russian TEKh-20 Plazmennyi-Kristall/PK-3+ (Plasma Crystal-3+) experiment on its fifth day.

    After wakeup and before breakfast, FE-2 Dan Tani accessed the SLEEP experiment (Sleep-Wake Actigraphy & Light Exposure during Spaceflight) software for data logging, completing questionnaire entries in the experiment's laptop session file on the HRF-1 laptop for later downlink. (To monitor the crewmember's sleep/wake patterns and light exposure, Dan wears a special Actiwatch device which measures the light levels encountered by him as well as his patterns of sleep and activity throughout the Expedition. The log entries are done within 15 minutes of final awakening for seven consecutive days, as part of the crew's discretionary 'job jar' task list.) Additional Details: here....


2007 December 14 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 12/14/07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Love; Malenchenko; Tani; Whitson; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-16. The CDR and FE-2 conducted a one-hour review of an uplinked procedures briefing package for the US EVA-13 next week (12/18), covering topics like egress plan, timeline ordering of tasks, translation/fairleads/tether plan, hazards, and ingress plan.

    After wakeup and before breakfast, FE-2 Dan Tani again accessed the SLEEP experiment (Sleep-Wake Actigraphy & Light Exposure during Spaceflight) software for data logging and completing questionnaire entries in the experiment's laptop session file on the HRF-1 laptop for later downlink. (To monitor the crewmember's sleep/wake patterns and light exposure, Dan wears a special Actiwatch device which measures the light levels encountered by him as well as his patterns of sleep and activity throughout the Expedition. The log entries are done within 15 minutes of final awakening for seven consecutive days, as part of the crew's discretionary 'job jar' task list.) Additional Details: here....


2008 February 6 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/06/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov; Love; Malenchenko; Tani; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; STS-122. Progress M-63/28P is continuing its 3-day flight to the ISS for docking tomorrow morning (2/7) at ~9:38am EST at the DC1 nadir port.

    After wakeup and before breakfast, FE-2 Dan Tani completed his daily access of the SLEEP experiment (Sleep-Wake Actigraphy & Light Exposure during Spaceflight) software for data logging and filling in questionnaire entries in the experiment's laptop session file on the HRF-1 laptop for downlink. (To monitor the crewmember's sleep/wake patterns and light exposure, Dan wears a special Actiwatch device which measures the light levels encountered by him as well as his patterns of sleep and activity throughout the Expedition. The log entries are done within 15 minutes of final awakening for seven consecutive days, as part of the crew's discretionary 'job jar' task list.) Additional Details: here....


2008 April 15 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 04/15/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kononenko, O D; Kotov; Love; Malenchenko; Reisman; Volkov, Sergey; Whitson; Yi So-yeon. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-3; ISS EO-17; ISS EP-14; STS-122. Day 6 of joint E16/E17 operations by CDR-16 Peggy Whitson, FE-1-16 Yuri Malenchenko, FE-2-17 Garrett Reisman, CDR-17 Sergei Volkov, FE-1-17 Oleg Kononenko and SFP/VC14 So-Yeon Yi.

    Day 188 in space for Peggy & Yuri.

    The crew's work/sleep cycle again was adjusted slightly, from yesterday's wakeup at 2:15am to 2:20am EDT (sleeptime tonight at 5:50pm). Tomorrow, work period will again be adjusted by 5 min (to 2:15am -5:45pm).

    Aboard ISS, crew rotation/handover activities continued for all six residents involved. Whitson, Volkov, Malenchenko and Kononenko had several hours scheduled between them for dedicated ('functional') CDR/CDR & FE/FE handover activities; in addition, there are 'generic' handovers where crewmembers are scheduled together to complete various designated standard tasks. Additional Details: here....


2008 April 23 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 04/23/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kononenko, O D; Love; Reisman; Volkov, Sergey; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15. Before breakfast, CDR Volkov, FE-1 Kononenko and FE-2 Reisman began their workday with the periodic session of the Russian biomedical routine assessments PZEh-MO-7/Calf Volume Measurement and PZEh-MO-8/Body Mass Measurement (first for CDR and FE-1, second for FE-2), using the IM mass measurement device which Oleg Kononenko afterwards broke down for stowage.

    (Calf measurements (left leg only) are taken with the IZOG device, a custom-sewn fabric cuff that fits over the calf, using the knee and lower foot as fixed reference pints, to provide a rough index of deconditioning in zero-G and effectiveness of countermeasures. For determining body mass in zero-G, where things are weightless but not massless, the Russian IM "scales" measure the inertial forces that arise during the oscillatory motion of a mass driven by two helical metering springs with known spring constants. By measuring the time period of each oscillation of the unknown mass (the crewmember) and comparing it to the period of a known mass, the crewmember's mass is calculated by the computer and displayed.) Additional Details: here....


2008 May 14 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 05/14/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kononenko, O D; Kotov; Reisman; Volkov, Sergey. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-16-3. For the US Sleep study, currently on his voluntary 'job jar' task list, FE-2 Garrett Reisman downloaded the SLEEP (Sleep-Wake Actigraphy and Light Exposure during Spaceflight) experiment data after wakeup and before breakfast from his Actiwatch to the HRF-1 (Human Research Facility 1) laptop.

    (To monitor his sleep/wake patterns and light exposure, the Flight Engineer wears a special Actiwatch device which measures the light levels encountered by him as well as his patterns of sleep and activity throughout this week, for the last time. The log entries are done within 15 minutes of final awakening for seven consecutive days.)

    For the Russian Sleep study, FE-1 Oleg Kononenko terminated his second MBI-12 SONOKARD experiment session upon wake-up by taking the recording device from his SONOKARD sports shirt pocket and later copying the measurements to the RSE-MED laptop for subsequent downlink to the ground. CDR Sergey Volkov in turn will start his second overnight MBI-12 session tonight. (SONOKARD objectives are stated to (1) study the feasibility of obtaining the maximum of data through computer processing of records obtained overnight, (2) systematically record the crewmember's physiological functions during sleep, (3) study the feasibility of obtaining real-time crew health data. Investigators believe that contactless acquisition of cardiorespiratory data over the night period could serve as a basis for developing efficient criteria for evaluating and predicting adaptive capability of human body in long-duration space flight.) Additional Details: here....


2008 May 28 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 05/28/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kononenko, O D; Kotov; Malenchenko; Reisman; Volkov, Sergey. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-3; ISS EO-17; STS-124. For the long-term Russian sleep study, FE-1 Oleg Kononenko terminated his third MBI-12 SONOKARD experiment session upon wake-up by taking the recording device from his SONOKARD sports shirt pocket and later copying the measurements to the RSE-MED laptop for subsequent downlink to the ground.

    CDR Sergey Volkov in turn will start his third overnight MBI-12 session tonight. (SONOKARD objectives are stated to (1) study the feasibility of obtaining the maximum of data through computer processing of records obtained overnight, (2) systematically record the crewmember's physiological functions during sleep, (3) study the feasibility of obtaining real-time crew health data. Investigators believe that contactless acquisition of cardiorespiratory data over the night period could serve as a basis for developing efficient criteria for evaluating and predicting adaptive capability of human body in long-duration space flight.) Additional Details: here....


2008 May 31 - .
  • STS-124 MCC Status Report #01 - . Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-120; ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-2. Summary: Space shuttle Discovery initiated delivery of a Japanese laboratory to the International Space Station this afternoon, lifting off at 4:02 p.m. CDT from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.. Additional Details: here....

2008 June 4 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 06/04/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fossum; Garan; Ham; Hoshide; Kelly, Mark; Kononenko, O D; Kotov; Nyberg; Reisman; Volkov, Sergey. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; STS-124. Flight Day 5 (FD5) of STS-124/1J.

    ISS crew work cycle remains unchanged: wake 6:32am EDT; sleep 10:02pm.


    Arigato Gozaimasu! Congratulations, JAXA! There is Hope in space! At ~5:09pm EDT, the JPM (Japanese Pressurized Module) of the JEM 'Kibo' laboratory complex was opened and ingressed by Aki Hoshide and Karen Nyberg for the first time, joined later by the rest of the crew who clearly enjoyed the voluminous super laboratory. (Kibo is permanently attached at the Node-2 (Harmony) portside hatch since last night.)

    FE-1 Oleg Kononenko performed the periodic (currently daily) checkout/verification of IP-1 airflow sensors in the various RS (Russian Segment) hatchways, including the DC1-to-Soyuz tunnel, and the FGB-to-Node passageway. (This is especially important when the ventilation/circulation system has to cope with a larger crew on board, currently ten persons, and one of the two Russian SKV air conditioners off (SKV-1).) Additional Details: here....


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