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April 3, 2007 Vol. 12, No.


Work progresses on all Satellites fly inside space station

three orbiters during new experiment

Shuttle Update: Foam repairs ence" session, Flight Engineer Suni marathon while aboard the station.
are complete on Atlantis' liquid hy- Williams conducted a SPHERES ex- She runs at least four times a week,
drogen tank, which is located on the periment run. This was the first time two longer runs and two shorter runs.
bottom of the external tank. The fo- three satellites flew together in tests. Station crews are required to exercise
cus is currently on repairs to the liq- Investigators for the Massachusetts on the treadmill, a stationary bike and
uid oxygen tank. Institute of Technology in Cambridge, a resistive exercise machine to
On Endeavour, technicians have Mass., deemed the experiment highly counter loss of bone density and
completed testing the audio/visual successful. muscle mass.
communications systems. The shuttle Marathon in Space — NASA Florida Tech's Master of Sci-
main engine "eyelids," which are astronaut Suni Williams will go faster ence in Computer Information Sys-
thermal barriers that protect the aft than anyone has ever gone in the Bos- tems program — This program has
compartment, were installed last ton Marathon. She will run as an offi- been designed and developed by in-
week. Preparations are under way for cial entrant in the famed race in April dustry leaders. Register now for the
the installation of the engine-mounted from 210 miles above Earth aboard summer 2007 term that begins May
heat shields. the International Space Station. 14. Contact Dr. Rhoda Baggs, pro-
Discovery's orbiter power system Williams hopes her unique run gram chairwoman and assistant pro-
validation was finished last week. will serve as an inspiration. She will fessor in the CIS program, at 674-
Technicians continue replacing ther- run the race on a station treadmill, 8807 or Visit
mal tile around the main landing gear circling Earth at least twice in the
door and the external tank doors with process, running as fast as eight miles for more information.
BRI tile. per hour but flying more than five
miles each second. Williams, who is Weight Watchers at Work Pro-
ISS Update: Besides prepar- gram — Weight Watchers will be
ing for the arrival of a Soyuz space- an accomplished marathoner, has
served aboard the space station since starting a new series on April 12.
craft, the Expedition 14 crew last You are invited to sit in on the April 5
week began the Synchronized Posi- December as a member of the Expe-
dition 14 crew. This will be the first meeting for free. Sessions are every
tion Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experi- Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in HQ Build-
mental Satellites, or SPHERES, time an astronaut in space will be an
official participant in a marathon. ing/Room 2254. Stop by and ask any
experiment. For the experiment, questions you may have about the
eight-inch diameter spherical satel- And she will not be alone in her
adventure. Her sister Dina Pandya program or contact Marilyn Clark at
lites fly within the station cabin to 504-2979.
test the basics of formation flight and and a fellow NASA astronaut, Karen
autonomous docking that could be Nyberg, will run the race in Boston. Countdown is published every Tuesday &
Exercise is essential in NASA's Thursday for NASA KSC employees. Dead-
used in future spacecraft. The battery- lines are 10 a.m. Mondays & Wednesdays. E-
powered satellites use carbon dioxide efforts to counteract the effects of mail news to
to fuel 12 thrusters as they fly in the long-duration weightlessness on as- For questions or information, e-mail or call 321-
tronauts' health. For months, Wil- 867-2815. Find Countdown on the Web at
During a weekend "Saturday Sci- liams has been training for the /countdown-toc.html.