Sunday, November 23, 2008

Water Recovery System Running again so far

SLN: Up to the Minute, I'm Charles Atkeison. International space station commander Mike Fincke and Endeavour mission specialist Don Pettit spent this afternoon working to fix the Urine Processor Assembly or UPA inside the Water Recovery System (WRS), and as of this evening feel thing are looking better.

According to Mission Control at 6:30 pm EST: "Fincke and Pettit removed grommets from the UPA and hard-mounted it into the WRS rack. The grommets were serving as isolators to dampen vibrations from the centrifuge, but might have been allowing too much motion and causing the interference. Mission Control has been monitoring the UPA’s operation and it has been running normally for two hours without prematurely shutting down."

However, moments later the sensors noted that the motor was beginning to slow down but did not shutdown as had occurred on Friday and Saturday.

The space station three person crew will begin their sleep at 12:25 am EST tonight, while the seven member Endeavour crew will be lights out at 12:55 am.

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