The Year 2003 began quietly for the International Space Station Expedition 6 crew. Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin, and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit crossed the international date line 15 times during the last day of 2002, officially greeting the new year at midnight Greenwich Mean Time during their sleep shift. The first day of the new year involved only a few routine maintenance tasks, exercise and time off for the crew.
Work aboard the
orbiting outpost resumed on Jan. 2, highlighted by a practice fire drill,
set-up of the ultrasound equipment associated with the Human Research
Facility and a leak check of the Quest airlock module using a jumper
hose that is being evaluated for future support of airlock window replacements.
The ultrasound equipment provides enlarged, three-dimensional images
of the heart and other organs, muscles and blood vessels for both research
and diagnostic applications.
Budarin worked with a Russian plant-growth experiment, and on inventories of Russian medical equipment and supplies and videotapes available for use on the station. He also conducted an inspection of the aft docking port of the Zvezda Service Module, where a Progress resupply vehicle will dock in February.
The crew is scheduled to enjoy a fairly relaxed weekend, with weekly housekeeping activities and routine private family and medical conferences on tap.
Bowersox is scheduled to resume work Monday with the FOOT (Foot/Ground Reaction Forces During Spaceflight), which looks at how the hips, legs and feet move in the absence of gravity, and at what changes occur in bones and muscles using a special pair of tights with 20 sensors.
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The next station status report will be issued on Friday, Jan. 10, or sooner if events warrant.
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