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April 24, 2007 Vol. 12, No.


Tank foam repair moves Expedition 15 takes over

Atlantis' rollout to May 12 on space station
Shuttle Update: In under way. The forward reaction control tion crew members are exposed to and
high bay No. 1 of the Vehicle system was delivered to the facility's bay develop countermeasures for future long-
Assembly Building, techni- No. 3 April 20 and will be installed this duration spaceflights.
cians and engineers continue week. Functional testing on all three fuel
Book Fair — The NASA Exchange
repairing foam on the hail- cells is complete. Inspections of the main
propulsion system flow liners are fin- Spring Book Fair that began last week
damaged STS-117 external fuel tank, ET- continues today in the SSPF Café and
124. The poured foam repairs are nearly ished.
Wednesday through Friday in the MFF
complete, and technicians are trimming Café. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
and sanding repair sites. ISS Update: Crew members held
Spray foam repairs are scheduled to a ceremony April 17 marking the change Energy-Hog Contest Winners —
begin this week. Due to the amount of of command of the station from Expedi- The SGS Energy Management Office an-
work remaining, the rollout of Atlantis to tion 14 Commander Michael Lopez- nounced that the winning entries for the
the launch pad has been rescheduled for Alegria to Expedition 15 Commander two new refrigerators in the Energy-Hog
May 12. This six-day change should not Fyodor Yurchikhin. Yurchikhin and Refrigerator Contest are the Wyle Labs
affect the June 8 target launch date. flight engineers Oleg Kotov and Suni office in K7-468/CCF Room 200 (Prop-
Preparations are complete for the Williams are now officially entrenched erty Custodian Ricky Conner) and the
removal of Atlantis' three main engines to on board the station. Williams, who has InDyne office in M6-0399/Room 1511K
inspect for flow liner contamination. En- served as an Expedition 14 crew member (Property Custodian Cheryl Patronsky).
gine removal is scheduled to begin this since December, will provide Expedition The new Energy Star refrigerator for the
week. This work can be accomplished 15 with an experienced flight engineer Wyle Labs office replaces a 50-year-old
within the time frame of the tank repair. for the early part of its mission. Hotpoint. The new Energy Star refrigera-
Two of Endeavour's three orbiter On April 16, Williams became the tor for the InDyne office area replaces a
main engines have been inspected and first person to run a marathon in space. 1979 Sears Coldspot.
reinstalled. All three engines were re- Williams was an official entrant in the
moved last week to allow for flow liner Boston Marathon and ran the 26.2-mile KSC Rehabworks Educational
race on a station treadmill in the Zvezda Lecture Series No. 4 — The latest topic
contaminant inspections and no contami-
module, circling Earth at least twice in is "We've Got Your Back: Key Facts
nation was found. The orbiter boom sen-
the process. She completed her marathon About Common Spine Injuries." Learn
sor system, which was removed for
with an official time of 4:23:10. the answers to questions such as "What is
mechanical repairs on the boom pedes-
For about 90 minutes, Lopez-Alegria a herniated disc?" "Why do I have pain
tals, was reinstalled last week. The sys-
completed his final session with the radiating down my legs?" "What exer-
tem and the shuttle arm were deployed
Anomalous Long-Term Effects in Astro- cises should I do for my back?" and
April 20, and technicians will install the
nauts' Center Nervous System, , experi- more. The lecture will be held from 10 to
sensor packs in the boom. The nose land-
ment, known as ALTEA, which 11 a.m. Thursday in OSB II/Room 3124.
ing gear wheel/tire assembly was in-
stalled last week, and the steering and investigates the phenomenon of crew
members seeing flashes of light while in Countdown is published every Tuesday & Thurs-
brake tests are complete. day for NASA KSC employees. Deadlines are
In Orbiter Processing Facility bay orbit. Using an instrumented helmet, the 10 a.m. Mondays & Wednesdays. E-mail news to
No. 3, water spray boiler system servic- experiment measures the cosmic radia- For questions or
ing and checkout continues on Discov- tion that passes through a crew member's information, e-mail or call 321-867-2815. You can
ery. Wire tray closeouts in the midbody head, brain activity and visual perception. also find Countdown on the Web at
are ongoing and cargo bay closeouts are ALTEA should help researchers better
understand what levels of cosmic radia- untdown-toc.html.