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ISS STATUS REPORT #03-22



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-22 
4 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2003 
Expedition Six Crew
Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed
Lu are wrapping up their first week of independent operations aboard the
International Space Station after departure of their Expedition 6
predecessors on May 3. A Russian holiday gave them some time off today. 
The week began with Sunday and Monday off for Malenchenko and Lu to help
them become accustomed to their home for the next six months. An hour of
ISS familiarization followed on Tuesday, along with standard maintenance
and inspection activities. 
The station's toilet system underwent three hours of periodic
maintenance on Wednesday, with Malenchenko changing out elements,
including hoses and filter inserts. Lu also had a three-hour project,
inspecting emergency lighting power sources in the station's U.S.
segment. 
The first medical tests for the new crew were a Thursday highlight. The
experiments looked at crew body mass, red blood cell count and heart
activity. The Resistive Exercise Device (RED) was out of kilter, showing
higher than normal resistance and making unusual sounds. 
Today was the Russian holiday, Victory Day, marking the end of World War
II in Europe. The crew had the day off, but they did perform scheduled
maintenance and two sessions each of physical exercise. Lu changed out
canisters on the RED. The device is functioning well after the canister
change out. 
Meanwhile, the Expedition 6 crew remains at Star City, the Russian
cosmonaut training center near Moscow, after its landing in Kazakhstan
on May 3. E6 Commander Ken Bowersox, Cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin and NASA
ISS Science Officer Don Pettit are undergoing debriefings and physical
rehabilitation. Bowersox and Pettit are scheduled to return to Johnson
Space Center a little over a week from now. 
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 International Space Station status report will be issued on
Friday, May 16, or sooner if events warrant. 
-end-
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