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ISS STATUS REPORT #29



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC


International Space Station Status Report #03-29 
4 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 13, 2003 
Expedition Seven Crew

Fresh food, new clothes and more water were among the welcome new
arrivals to the International Space Station this week as an unmanned
Russian resupply craft docked with the complex. The Progress 11
spacecraft automatically docked to the station's Pirs Docking
Compartment Wednesday morning, three days after its launch from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Expedition 7 Commander Yuri
Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu began unloading the cargo
ship Friday afternoon. 

The Progress brought replacement parts for environmental systems in both
the U.S. and Russian segments of the Station, office supplies, two tanks
of potable water, and some clothing items for the two crewmembers. Also
aboard the cargo ship are two experiment kits for European Space Agency
cosmonaut Pedro Duque, who will launch in October on the Soyuz TMA-3
vehicle with the Expedition 8 crew. Duque will return to Earth with
Malenchenko and Lu in the Soyuz TMA-2 vehicle, which is currently docked
to the Station. 

On Tuesday, Lu used the Microgravity Science Glovebox to continue the
Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal
Emulsions (InSPACE) experiment. InSPACE is investigating a type of
'smart materials' that researchers hope will improve the types of fluids
used in braking and vibration damping systems. InSPACE is one of three
experiments Lu will do aboard the Space Station using the glovebox. 

While looking out the window of the Destiny Lab Thursday, Lu noticed an
object floating away from the Station. Lu characterized the object as a
rectangular-shaped piece of metal that was about 5 cm long. Station
flight controllers determined that the object was possibly a small label
that may have come loose from an exterior part of the station, and that,
because of its low mass and relative velocity, it posed no threat to the
complex. However, an analysis of photographs of the object taken by Lu
before it drifted away continues. 

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, June 20, or
earlier, if events warrant. -end- 
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