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14 February 2012

International Space Station Status Report

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Expedition 30 Crew

Crew Gears up for Spacewalk, Works on Science.

Gearing up for Thursday’s spacewalk, Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Anton Shkaplerov of the International Space Station’s Expedition 30 crew installed new sensors in their Orlan spacesuits and conducted a translation exercise in the Pirs docking compartment’s airlock Monday. The exercise tested their mobility in advance of a dress rehearsal to test the suits’ systems on Tuesday.

During the five-and-a-half-hour excursion that will begin at 9:15 a.m. EST Thursday, the two cosmonauts will move one of the two Strela hand-operated cranes from the Pirs docking compartment to the Poisk module and install five debris shields on the Zvezda service module. If time permits, Kononenko and Shkaplerov also will attach two experiments to the exterior of the station and install support struts on the ladder attached to Pirs. This will be the 162nd spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance.

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