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ISS STATUS REPORT #03-20 (Previously skipped)

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-20 
4 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 2, 2003 
Expedition Six Crew

International Space Station crewmembers are wrapping up a week largely
devoted to handover briefings and activities for the Expedition 7 crew
and their Expedition 6 predecessors. The week will culminate with the
undocking of the Soyuz TMA-1 from the station at 5:40 p.m. CDT on

A little over three hours later, at 9:07 p.m., the Expedition 6 crew,
Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS
Science Officer Don Pettit, is scheduled to land in northern Kazakhstan.
Their return will end a mission that began with their launch on Nov. 23
and their docking to the orbiting laboratory two days later. Weather for
the landing area is predicted to be acceptable. 

Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer and NASA ISS
Science Officer Ed Lu spent much of the week learning the ropes aboard
their new home, where they are to remain for about the next six months.
They also unpacked gear and equipment. 

On Thursday, the station's file server went down. The event was not a
serious impediment to crew activities, though flight controllers and
computer experts on the ground and the crew did spend time working to
restore the server. The server was up and running again by Friday
morning. As a result of the incident, the Expedition 7 crew got a quick
review on how the server and the station computers function. 

Bowersox and Lu did a handover session on Friday with the Carbon Dioxide
Removal Assembly (CDRA) in the U.S. laboratory Destiny. Both the CDRA
and the Vozdukh carbon dioxide removal system in the Russian Zvezda
Service Module are operating because of five crewmembers being on the
station. On Thursday Budarin had temporarily shut down the Vozdukh to
install new power cables. Normally only the Vozdukh or the CDRA is

On Friday the Expedition 7 crew got familiarization training with the
Canadarm2, the station's robotic arm. That and the CDRA activity were,
in contrast to the rest of the week, among the few familiarization
periods today. Much of the day was devoted to stowing materials on the
station and packing Expedition 6 gear in their Soyuz. 

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: 


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