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Exp 5 Status Report

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Progress Raises Orbit of ISS
In preparation for the arrival of the Progress 9 cargo ship later this
month, Russian flight controllers commanded the Progress 8 cargo ship to
fire its thrusters Wednesday night in a maneuver to raise the
International Space Station's orbit. The maneuver increased the orbit by
2.2 kilometers (1.4 miles). Progress 8, which is currently attached to
the aft end of the Zvezda Service Module, will be undocked from the
station and commanded to burn up in Earth's atmosphere Sept. 24. Progress
9 is scheduled to deliver its supplies to the station Sept. 29.

Thursday morning, Expedition Five Commander Valery Korzun and Flight
Engineer Peggy Whitson, using a camera on the station's robotic arm,
conducted a survey of the Earth-facing docking port on the Unity Module.
The inspection discovered two types of foreign object debris, and
managers are discussing further action. Meanwhile, Flight Engineer Sergei
Treschev worked on Zvezda's gas analyzer.

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