10 a.m. CST, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
International Space Station Status Report #05-58
International Space Station Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev will enjoy a day off Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday highlights a week in orbit of robotics operations, routine maintenance and early preparations for a shipment of supplies and Christmas gifts.
McArthur and Tokarev are the 12th crew of the space laboratory and will be the sixth station crew to observe Thanksgiving on the complex. They sent holiday greetings to Earth this week and described their plans to feast on irradiated smoked turkey, dehydrated green beans, powdered drinks and a thermostabilized cranberry-apple dessert.
On Monday, McArthur powered up the station's 60-foot robotic arm and maneuvered it for training and engineering tests. Working at a control panel inside the station's Destiny Laboratory, he used the arm to grip and release a fixture on the exterior of the Lab. Following that, he positioned the Canadarm2 to allow its cameras to monitor the next spacewalk planned from the station.
That spacewalk, a venture outside using Russian spacesuits, had initially been planned for December. Managers decided this week to reschedule it for Feb. 2, 2006 to ease the crew's workload. Managers also decided that a third spacewalk planned for the Expedition 12 crew will not be needed. That third spacewalk would have used U.S. spacesuits as did a first venture outside by the crew earlier this month. McArthur and Tokarev accomplished several get-ahead tasks during their first spacewalk, enabling managers to delete the final excursion.
The crew's attention now turns to the next going and coming for the complex, the jettison of the ISS Progress 19 supply ship Dec. 20, and the launch of the new ISS Progress 20 craft Dec. 21 that will dock to the complex on Dec. 23. The cargo aboard Progress 20 is expected to include holiday gifts from the crew’s families. After it leaves the station, the old Progress 19 will burn up in the atmosphere.
For information on the crew's activities aboard the station, future launch dates, and station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station
The next ISS status report will be issued Thursday, Dec. 1, or earlier if events warrant.
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