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Expedition 7 Begins Unloading Progress 11 Cargo

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Expedition 7 Begins Unloading Progress 11 Cargo

Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed
Lu began unpacking cargo from the Progress 11 spacecraft Friday. The
Progress 11, which docked to the International Space Station on
Wednesday, delivered about 2,404 kilograms (5,300 pounds) of supplies
and equipment. 

Items delivered by the spacecraft included water, office supplies,
clothes, food and replacement parts for systems in the U.S. and Russian
segments. Progress 11 also delivered two experiment kits for European
Space Agency Cosmonaut Pedro Duque, who will arrive at the Station in
October with the Expedition 8 crew aboard the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft.
Duque will return to Earth a week later with Expedition 7 on the Soyuz

Lu Takes Debris Image June 12
This image was taken by Expedition 7 NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu from
the U.S. Destiny Laboratory window. Lu noticed the object floating away
from the Station and described it as a 5-centimeter long piece of metal.
Station managers and flight controllers estimate that the mass of the
object will cause it to de-orbit rapidly and will not cause damage to
the Station. Engineers are analyzing the imagery to determine what the
object is and where it might have originated. It is likely the object
came from the Station because of its similar speed and orbit relative to
the Station. 

Space Station Science Picture of the Day
During his stay aboard the International Space Station in 2001,
Expedition 3 Commander Frank Culbertson frequently talked amateur radio,
or ham, operators on Earth. 
Expedition 7 Talks to Student Amateur Radio Operators
U.S. And Russian flight controllers are not the only humans that can
make radio contact with International Space Station Expedition crews.
Amateur radio operators have been making contact with station crews for
the last two years. 

Some of the ham operators have been students. On May 27, one such group,
students from Klem South School of Webster, N.Y., made contact with
Expedition Seven NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu, who is an alumnus of
the school. Students asked Lu about life on the ISS.

The contact was sponsored by an organization called ARISS, which stands
for Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. This was Lu's
first ARISS contact on the Station.

Charlie Sufana, who coordinated this contact and others, said that the
contact inspired the kids. "As far as what the contact means, there is
nothing like talking to an astronaut; even better when they are in space
and answering your personal question," he said. ". Some of them told me
afterwards that they wanted to be an engineer or scientist and someday
work in space."

For more information on the ham radio equipment aboard the space
station, visit the ISS Ham radio Web page. For more information on the
ARISS program itself, please visit its Web site. 

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