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ISS Status Report #03-10



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC


International Space Station Status Report #03-10
4 p.m. CST, Friday, March 7, 2003
Expedition Six Crew

The crew of the International Space Station's sixth expedition passed the
benchmark of 100 days in space this week while focusing on routine
maintenance of station systems and a survey of the station using the
Canadarm2 robotic arm.

On Tuesday, Commander Ken Bowersox and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit
used cameras on the Canadarm2 to conduct a survey of the Starboard 1 (S1)
truss, inspecting the thermal covers on the radiator beam valve module's
quick disconnects and the interface between the S0 and S1 trusses. On
Thursday the two crewmembers conducted a similar survey of the Port 1 (P1)
truss. The S1 and P1 trusses are attached to the S0 truss and each provides
structural support for the station's Active Thermal Control System, with
three radiators on each truss containing eight panels each.

Crew science activities this week focused on the Foot/Ground Reaction Forces
During Spaceflight (FOOT) FOOT experiment by Bowersox and a Russian plant
growth experiment managed by Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin. The FOOT
experiment measures the electrical activity of muscles; the angular motions
of the hip, knee, and ankle joints; and the force under both feet using an
instrumented pair of Lycra cycling tights with 20 carefully placed sensors
that can be used to record 14 hours of data. The data will help researchers
determine more precisely how Bowersox used his arms and legs differently in
space than on the Earth.

Pettit, working with specialists at the Payload Operations Center at NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., continued troubleshooting
the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox in the station's Destiny laboratory. The
MSG, developed by the European Space Agency along with scientists at MSFC,
provides an enclosed space for experiments involving fluids or flames.

Thursday all three crewmembers spoke with students at Glenwood Elementary
School in Perrysburg, Ohio and on Friday Bowersox and Pettit talked with
reporters from the Indianapolis Star and KPAM Radio in Portland, Ore.
Bedford, Ind. is Bowersox's hometown, while Pettit grew up in Silverton,
Ore.

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:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

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:

http://scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov/

The next ISS status report will be issued on Friday, March 14, or sooner if
events warrant.



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