Space station crew 'hams' it up ahead of cargo ship visit
The International Space Station
(CNN) -- The first residents of the International Space
Station enjoyed a few days rest before preparing for the arrival
of a Russian spacecraft crammed with tons of supplies. During
their down time they hooked up a ham radio and spoke with people
more than 200 miles (320 km) below on Earth.
The crew of two cosmonauts and one astronaut over the weekend
successfully fired up their new ham radio equipment in Zarya, one
of three modules currently comprising the orbiting outpost, NASA
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The agency said the trio would use the radio to talk with school
children and ham radio operators throughout the world. But a NASA
spokesman at Mission Control in Houston said Monday he did not
know who the crew spoke with during their first ham radio
Earlier, astronaut Bill Shepherd, the station
commander, and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev
prepared their floating home for an upcoming rendezvous with an
unmanned Progress supply ship.
They hooked up cables and other hardware to enable the station's
control system to automatically reactivate its jet thrusters
after docking with a Progress or a manned Soyuz vehicle.
The jets are usually disabled right before docking to prevent
accidental jet firings, which could damage solar panels on the
arriving space vehicles.
The crew last week also made some headway in hooking up
computers and cables for the onboard laptop computer network.
The first crew of the space station, from left: Sergei Krikalev, Yuri Gidzenko and Bill Shepherd
A Progress carrying more than two tons of food, supplies and
spare parts is scheduled to lift from Earth on November 15 at
8:32 p.m. EST. The crew will spend about two weeks unloading the
spacecraft after it docks on November 17 at 10:07 p.m. EST.
The Expedition 1 crew arrived November 2 for a four-month stay
aboard the space station, which they unofficially christened
One of the most ambitious engineering projects ever, the station
involves contributions from 16 nations and could eventually cost more
than $60 billion.
The modular complex is designed to ensure continuous human habitation of space for more than a decade. When completed, perhaps as early as 2005, the station will spread over almost an acre and include as much pressurized living space as a Boeing 747.
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