Archive - Oct 10, 2005 - Story
Four astronauts working to swap control of the International Space Station (ISS) between their two crews said Thursday that the process is going smoothly as they hit the midpoint of their work together.
After nearly six months of spaceflight, Expedition 11 commander Sergei Krikalev and flight engineer John Phillips are now in their fourth day of handover operations with the station's new crew - Expedition 12 commander Bill McArthur and flight engineer Valery Tokarev.
Orbital jet lag aside, space seems to agree with U.S. space tourist Gregory Olsen, who ended his fourth day aboard the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday with a video broadcast to Earth.
Olsen spoke to listeners at his alma mater - Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey - from the space station's U.S.-built Destiny laboratory, though was unable to take questions from the ground as he'd originally hoped.
There are currently two projects on board the
International Space Station that will support Slow
Scan TV (SSTV). These project are called SuitSat and SpaceCam. The SuitSat project may be activated in December 2005 and SpaceCam in 2006 (all dates are subject to change without notice). The goal of this series of memos is to get the world ready to start decoding SSTV images from Space.
Students at Tregaron Secondary School in Tregaron, Wales, questioned Expedition 11 ISS NASA Science Officer John Phillips, KE5DRY, on September 29 about life aboard the International Space Station. Serving as the Earth station for the event was the Radio Society of Great Britain's (RSGB) mobile ham station GB4FUN, controlled by Carlos Eavis, G0AKI, and operated by AMSAT UK's Howard Long, G6LVB. The contact between GB4FUN and NA1SS was arranged by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. One student asked Phillips what happens to tears if you cry in space.
Mission Specialist Bob Behnken completed two sessions of amateur radio training at JSC. He is currently preparing to take his technician's exam.
[ANS Thanks Carol, KB3LKI, for this information]
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