Lost in space

Panne brought a longest space walk of space history

While the lost son of the expedition ONE will soon finally be in the push of Mother Earth, for the new ISS Crew begins a busy four-month orbit stay. The room station is present alpha full of life. Say and write 10 astronauts are now on board the ISS the hatch pods in the hand. But if the next week the Discovery Breaking with the old crew to Earth, only three of them stay back. Certain, physically the trio will not be lost in all (hopefully). To what extent this will be mentally the case, the time will teach. Lost has been lost in the last space walk, meant only a little material.

At some point it will convert to me there’s traces and in the Earth’s atmosphere or even escape from the orbit to the orbit and go into the infinite width of all – or just end as space scrap. The speech is of a portable part of the work platform of the ISS, which has been lost in the first outdoor use of the new ISS crew in all on recovering.

Already a day after her ISS entry, Jim Voss and his colleague Susan Helms went from board on the night of Sunday to the installation of the Italian load module Leonardo At the ISS module Destiny prepare. Leonardo – The transport module built by the Italian space agency Asi is a recyclable removal container, which the Discovery brought from Earth. The module fully charged with scientific and equipment is docked by AUBE with the help of the robotic arm and can be unloaded in the protection of the artificial atmosphere and ignoring all outgoing ISS parts on board again to earth. This is after unloading on 20. Marz happened when the Discovery Back to Earth.

Long "Spacecraft"

But when eating dear Voss two times a plug-in part for the work platform fall. Susan Helms – the first woman aboard alpha – For the first time the removal still capture, Voss had no gluck at the next attempt. The mechanical part moved from DANENEN, which can not lead to significant consequences, as for such emergency cases, spare parts are always present.

With her first space walk 380 kilometers of the earth, Helms and Voss changed, among other things, some cables on the ISS. Per Manus and with the help of a gripping arm they moved along the outdoor wall of the space station. On the US module Destiny attached a device to which later a mechanical gripping arm constructed in Canada should be attached. In addition, they put an antenna. Curios and a little recovering all the Malheur is that in this way unintentionally at the same time a new page in the Guinness book of the records was puffed. Because the supposed space walk with a duration of 8 hours and 56 minutes turned out in the aftershin as the longest in the entire space history (27 minutes later than the old record).

Meanwhile, Shuttle-Astronaut Dr. Andrew Thomas with the help of a remote gripping arm of the Discovery the load module Leonardo From the bay of the ride lifted, carefully positioned and successfully mounted on Alpha. "Outstanding", The praised comment of the ground station was after work.

Release with emotions

"It was really big to see how 10 astronauts and cosmonauts on board the international space station encountered and warmly welcomed", Commented the senior NASA flight director John Shannon the meeting of "Top ten" in space. 10 people on a blow in a spaceship in all – that has not yet existed. Not only so much of the new ISS commander, the Russian cosmonaut Juri Usachev, his emotions free run. When he was the first to enter the station on Saturday and buried the outgoing commanders Bill Shepherd by handshake, whereupon all the present hugged and caught each other on the shoulder, Cut usachew in addition to burying a few Purzelbaums during Commander Shepherd, his sign Marine officer to reception a ship bell after old maritime tradition. Although the new crew together with the four Discovery-Astronauts the room station alpha First entered with single delay, the mood was best. Responsible for this delay was one of the two huge sail sails, which, after being put into a changed position to create the shuttle, only festively attach himself to the manover with a fairy. the Discovery Meanwhile, waiting for 120 meters from the station on the green light for docking. Shortly thereafter, there was another little breakdown. Because of a technical problem, the communication between the room rip and the ground center in Houston fell for a technical problem.

Scientific tests also for the first manned Mars expedition

During the Two-Day Discovery-Mission should be investigated how life in all affects the human body. The astronauts analyze the effects of weightlessness on the human backmark and different body parts. The tests serve as preparation for several months or even years of permanent missions in all, such as a flight to Mars. In particular, the effects on the bones and the muscles due to low movement as a result of weightlessness should be studied in detail.

Lost in Space

Susan Helms, Juri Gidsenko (right), Sergej Crawan Jow

Recently, the first German-European experiment worth around eight million marks have started: The so-called Plasma Crystal Experiment (PKE), whose first test results are sent home for evaluation with the discovery. Currently, the experiment in the Russian segment is carried out. It serves the examination of complex plasmas under weightlessness. PKE-Nefedov is a basic research experiment in cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and the Moscow Research Institute IHED. Kayser-Thede was commissioned by the German Center for Aerospace (DLR) on behalf of the BMB + F (Federal Ministry of Education and Research with Development, Construction and Test of Instrumentation, Control, and Video / Data Transfer of Experimental Results. The ultimate goal of the experiment under the direction of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics is to gain new insights in material research, which could assist approximately in the development of environmentally friendly solar technology.

The PKE-Nefedov mission is designed for a total research time of about 40 hours on the ISS. As part of this German-Russian cooperation, both the German and the Russian scientists have access to the experimental data of the PKE-Nefedov mission. The ISSS offers plasma physics significantly more test resources than earthly laboratories; Therefore, after completion of the experiments with the plasma crystal system, the construction of a modular plasma laboratory is planned on the ISS – via telescience from the earth from the earth.

The ISS should be fully set up in 2006. Until then, however, just under 40 Russian and US spaceships have to be sent?. The previous, also American-Russian crew will be in twelve days with the Discovery to return to Earth. In the coming six months, NASA plans four more missions.

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