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ISS STATUS REPORT #03-23



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-23 
4 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 16, 2003 
Expedition Six Crew

Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed
Lu have completed their two weeks of orientation on the International
Space Station and are ready to start regular operations in earnest. 

Each ISS crew undergoes orientation sessions to become familiar with its
new home during the first two weeks of the mission, as has Expedition 7.
This week, Malenchenko and Lu, along with flight controllers on the
ground, also went through fire and emergency evacuation procedures. 

Malenchenko and Lu also did maintenance throughout the station. They
focused on the Russian Zvezda Service Module by cleaning out the
ventilation duct work and taking inventory of the Russian communication
system equipment. Lu also worked with the U.S. defibrillator unit and
checked out the system. 

The E7 crewmembers harvested their first crop on the ISS. The "Red and
White" peas harvested were planted by the Expedition 6 crew. They were
part of the Russian PLANTS-2 experiment. 

Lu worked in the U.S. laboratory Destiny on daily science payload status
checks and is scheduled to work with the Microgravity Science Glovebox
(MSG) next week. Lu will activate the InSPACE (Investigating the
Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions)
experiment inside the MSG on Monday. InSPACE studies new fluids that may
help improve brake systems, robotics, airplane landing gear and
vibration damper systems. 

On Thursday, Lu took digital photos of the lunar eclipse. 

Meanwhile, the Expedition 6 crew remains at Star City, the Russian
cosmonaut training center near Moscow, after its landing in Kazakhstan
on May 3. 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 next week. 

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 23, or sooner if events warrant. 

-end-


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