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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC
4 p.m. CST, Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 
Expedition 6 Crew 

The Year 2003 began quietly for the International Space Station
Expedition 6 crew. Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai
Budarin, and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit crossed the
international date line 15 times during the last day of 2002, officially
greeting the new year at midnight Greenwich Mean Time during their sleep
shift. The first day of the new year involved only a few routine
maintenance tasks, exercise and time off for the crew.

Work aboard the orbiting outpost resumed on Jan. 2, highlighted by a
practice fire drill, set-up of the ultrasound equipment associated with
the Human Research Facility and a leak check of the Quest airlock module
using a jumper hose that is being evaluated for future support of airlock
window replacements. The ultrasound equipment provides enlarged,
three-dimensional images of the heart and other organs, muscles and blood
vessels for both research and diagnostic applications. 

The following day was dedicated to sound level measurements inside the
various modules of the space station, part of an on-going effort to
characterize the level of noise inside the station, and operation of the
Zeolite Crystal Growth experiment, which scientists are using in an
effort to grow crystals larger than can be grown on Earth. Zeolites form
the backbone of the chemical processing industry. Larger, purer zeolite
crystals could increase the amount of gasoline that can be produced from
a barrel of oil, making the petrochemical industry more efficient.

Budarin worked with a Russian plant-growth experiment, and on inventories
of Russian medical equipment and supplies and videotapes available for
use on the station. He also conducted an inspection of the aft docking
port of the Zvezda Service Module, where a Progress resupply vehicle will
dock in February.

The crew is scheduled to enjoy a fairly relaxed weekend, with weekly
housekeeping activities and routine private family and medical
conferences on tap.

Bowersox is scheduled to resume work Monday with the FOOT (Foot/Ground
Reaction Forces During Spaceflight), which looks at how the hips, legs
and feet move in the absence of gravity, and at what changes occur in
bones and muscles using a special pair of tights with 20 sensors.

Information on the crew's activities aboard the space station, future
launch dates, as well as station sighting opportunities from anywhere on
the Earth, is available on the Internet at:


Details on station science operations can be found on an Internet site
administered by the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., at:


The next station status report will be issued on Friday, Jan. 10, or
sooner if events warrant.


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