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ISS STATUS REPORT #03-30



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-30 
4 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 20, 2003 
Expedition Seven Crew

Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA International Space
Station Science Officer Ed Lu donned Hawaiian aloha shirts this week to
show off some of the clothing they had unpacked from a newly arrived
Russian resupply craft. They wore the red and white, flowered shirts -
complete with the Expedition 7 crew patch - in downlink television
interviews. 

Malenchenko and Lu answered questions posed by reporters from CNN, CBS
and KCRA-TV, Sacramento, Calif., during breaks in their Progress
unloading and scientific research. Lu even took a moment in one
interview to play a short rendition of the "Peanuts" theme on a keyboard
he has been practicing with on orbit. 

But for the most part, it was a busy week of work as the pair unloaded
about two tons of food, water, clothing, office supplies, environmental
system replacement parts and experiment gear from Progress 11. The
Russian cargo craft automatically docked to the Pirs Docking Compartment
on June 11; the Expedition 7 crew began unloading the cargo ship last
Friday. Water transfers were effected using hoses and a portable
electric pump that moved about 210 liters of drinking water from the
Progress into a bladder in the Zvezda Service Module. Each crewmember
uses about 2 liters of water per day. 

In addition, propellant valves were opened between the Service Module
fuel system and the Pirs system to enable fuel to be transferred from
the new Progress to Zvezda. 

Tuesday, Lu slipped his hands into the Microgravity Science Glovebox to
continue work with the Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic
Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions (InSPACE) experiment. InSPACE is
investigating a type of "smart fluids" that researchers hope will help
improve braking and vibration damping systems. Lu beamed down video of
his setup and deactivation of the experiment, as well as shots of the
bright green liquid inside the experiment chamber. Scientists at the
Payload Operations Center at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,
Ala., monitored the experiment and the associated video. 

Next week, the crew will continue unpacking the Progress and
transferring fuel to Zvezda's tanks. Also on the schedule is a
ship-to-ship conversation between the crew and Peggy Whitson, the
Expedition 5 science officer who is commanding a 14-day underwater
research mission as part of the NASA Extreme Environment Operations
(NEEMO) project. That conversation will be broadcast live on NASA TV at
11:25 a.m. CDT Wednesday, June 25, between the ISS and the Aquarius
underwater lab off the coast of Key Largo, Fla. 

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 27, or
earlier, if events warrant. 

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