Posted: Friday, April 21, 2000
Today was a special one for mission commander Sergei Zalyotin, who celebrated his 38th birthday.
Zalyotin spoke with members of his family during the morning of April 21, and was wished a happy birthday by the flight control team and cosmonauts Valery Korzun, Nicolai Budarin and Pavel Vinogradov.
Todayís activities on Mir focused primarily on the space stationís life support system. The work included activating the Potok 15MK air revitalization unit and assembling a line between the air conditioning unit and a condensation evacuation pump.
Zalyotin and Alexander Kalery continue to monitor the air pressure inside Mir after isolating and repairing a leak in the Spektr moduleís hatch earlier this week. The leak was detected after testing in which the crew deactivated Mirís Kvant 2 and Kristall modules and closed their hatches. The Spektr, Kvant 2, Kristall and Priroda modules all are docked to a ball-shaped unit on the front end of Mir.
With the leak in Spektrís hatch now plugged, the Kvant 2ís hatch was reopened today and the module reactivated.
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