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Atlantis' external tank, Expedition 14 crew busy


SRBs mated in VAB with experiments on ISS

Shuttle Update: Fi- urine samples. The experiment looks Alegria and Williams are designed to
nal vehicle closeouts are at how the human body processes nu- continue outfitting the newly acti-
under way in preparation trients in microgravity. vated cooling systems for the sta-
for technicians to move At- Lopez-Alegria replaced limited- tion’s truss and to continue prepara-
lantis to the Vehicle As- life components in the Volatile Or- tions for the relocation of the P6 solar
sembly Building on Feb. 7. Techni- ganic Analyzer (VOA), part of the array truss structure.
cians worked last week to close out Crew Health Care System. The VOA Agency Dialogue — "Ask a
the orbiter's forward reaction control is a gas analysis system used to assess Question" is a new feature available
system, the midbody and aft areas. the levels of organic compounds in to NASA employees in the Adminis-
The payload bay doors were cycled the station atmosphere, some of trator's Corner on the InsideNASA
and closed for flight. The payload bay which could become harmful to the Web site at http://insidenasa.nasa.gov.
door strongbacks were removed Jan. crew in high concentrations. The old Employees are invited to submit a
18. Final orbiter power down is components will be returned to Earth question regarding the agency and its
scheduled for Thursday. on the next shuttle mission. programs. Administrator Griffin will
Space Shuttle Program managers Williams focused on work with make every effort to answer as many
held a review Jan. 16 and gave the lentil seedlings as part of an experi- questions as possible. Current plans
go-ahead to mate the external tank ment called Threshold Acceleration call for posting questions and the ad-
with the solid rocket boosters. On Fri- for Gravisensing, or “Gravi.” The ex- ministrator's responses at a regular
day, the external tank, designated ET- periment uses a European Modular interval, depending on the volume of
124, was moved from the checkout Cultivation System centrifuge to questions asked. The new feature is
cell in the Vehicle Assembly Build- document the effects of varying lev- intended to improve dialogue and
ing for the mating in high bay 1. els of gravity on the development of communications within the agency by
plant roots with an eye toward grow- allowing individual employees to
ISS Update: New supplies ar- ing edible plants for future, long-
rived at the International Space Sta- share their questions and concerns
duration spaceflights. directly with senior management.
tion Friday night as an unpiloted Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin
Russian cargo spacecraft docked to To submit your question, visit the
conducted an instrumented workout Administrator's Corner at
the Pirs Docking Compartment. The on a stationary bicycle to collect data
crew opened the hatch to the newly http://insidenasa.nasa.gov. Click on
on ways to limit bone- and muscle- the "Ask a Question" link and com-
arrived Progress and deactivated its density loss associated with long-
systems. They will unload the cargo plete the online form. The Inside-
duration spaceflights. NASA site will preserve the anony-
over the next few weeks. All three crew members also
The Expedition 14 crew worked mity of all submitters unless they
spoke with experts on the ground choose to provide their name.
last week on a variety of station planning the upcoming Expedition 14
maintenance tasks and science ex- spacewalks. Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin Did You Know? You can visit the
periments. Commander Michael Lo- and Williams will begin onboard NASA/KSC Surplus Sales website at
pez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Suni preparations for those spacewalks http://surplus.ksc.nasa.gov to view con-
Williams reported what they ate and along with a fourth to remove the tracts and a catalog or call the Sales In-
drank as part of an experiment known navigation antenna from Progress 23. formation Line at 321-867-7605 for future
as Nutrition, and collected blood and The first three spacewalks by Lopez- sales.
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