Following last Thursday’s
successful docking, the Expedition 17 crew members spent their
first full day aboard the International Space Station familiarizing
themselves with their new home and working on a variety of
NASA reports the combined Expedition 16 and 17 crews began work
on Bioemulsion, a Russian microorganism project, and ELITE-S2, an
Italian Space Agency project that studies connections between the
brain, motion and visualization in the absence of gravity.
Expedition 17 Commander Sergei Volkov and Expedition 16 Flight
Engineer Yuri Malenchenko installed a temperature sensor switching
unit as well as other hardware into the newly arrived Soyuz. Volkov
also performed a Soyuz communications link check with Expedition 17
Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko.
Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Expedition 17 Flight
Engineer Garrett Reisman participated in interviews with a New York
radio program and a television station in Iowa. Whitson also
performed some maintenance work on the US spacesuits.
Whitson, Malenchenko and South Korean 'tourinaut' So-yeon Yi are
scheduled to return to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft on