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The Expedition 14 crew members spent a busy week aboard the International Space Station working to install a new oxygen-generating system, adding soundproofing in the living quarters and unpacking supplies delivered by the space shuttle in December.
Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Suni Williams primarily focused this week on the first phase of installing a new oxygen-generating system. This additional system will be needed as a supplement to the Russian Elektron oxygen generator when the permanent crew aboard the station expands from three to six people. The new system will be activated and tested later this year.
Youngsters from an elementary and a junior high school at Kashiwabara Community Center in Sayama, Japan -- some 30 km from Tokyo -- spoke via ham radio December 27 with International Space Station Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria, KE5GTK. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program arranged the direct VHF contact between 8J1K in Japan and NA1SS in space. Lopez-Alegria told the youngsters that one of the most important characteristics of a good ISS crew member is being a team player who works well with others. The crew's duties are varied, he said.
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The Expedition 14 crew members aboard the International Space Station are back at work this week after enjoying a quiet holiday weekend. They celebrated New Year's on orbit with a traditional dinner of rehydrated American food and Russian delicacies.
Station Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Suni Williams will primarily focus this week on the first phase of installing the new Oxygen Generation System. The complex procedure being performed by the crew this week will test the equipment to insure that it can support a full crew when the permanent complement aboard the station ultimately expands to six people.
Students from Sherman Elementary School, Henrietta, NewYork, USA ( www.rhnet.org ) will have the opportunity to speak with Expedition 14 Flight Engineer Sunita "Suni" Williams, KD5PLB, during a scheduled ARISS contact on Monday, January 8, 2007 beginning at 14:33 UTC.
This will be a direct contact via W2SKY who will be operating from the school location. With the assistance of the ARISS Audio Distribution Project live audio will be available to both the IRLP and EchoLink through the efforts of W2COP.
IRLP users can connect to the main channel of "Discovery" Reflector 9010. The audio feed is expected to begin shortly before the scheduled contact time. Streaming Audio will also be available at www.discoveryreflector.ca:8000/listen.pls. (expect a 2 to 3 minute delay on this stream).