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ISS STATUS REPORT #03-31



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-31 
4 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 27, 2003 
Expedition 7 Crew
Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA International Space
Station Science Officer Ed Lu today wrapped up a busy week of station
and science activities as they approached the end of their eighth week
on the ISS. Lu performed another run of the InSPACE experiment in the
Microgravity Science Glovebox while Malenchenko spent some time loading
the Progress 10, docked to the rear of the Zvezda Service Module, with
station discards. 
InSPACE stands for Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic
Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions. The experiment, in the U.S.
laboratory Destiny, looks at fluids that contain small particles that
can be magnetized. The research could result in improved brake or
vibration dampening fluids, or even improved systems to make buildings
better able to survive earthquakes. 
Malenchenko spent part of today loading the Progress 10 unpiloted supply
craft docked to the aft port of Zvezda with ISS discards. With its load
of trash, that progress will be undocked in October and burn up in the
Earth's atmosphere. A similar craft, Progress 11, arrived at one of the
Zarya docking ports on June 11 and crewmembers have worked to unload it.

Lu and Malenchenko on Monday and Wednesday replaced the flexpacks in the
canisters of the resistive exercise device (RED). The flexpacks provide
the resistance as crewmembers exercise major muscle groups. The new
flexpacks were brought up on Progress 11. 

Tuesday Lu calibrated an ultrasound device and downlinked ultrasound
images from the instrument in the Human Research Facility, a rack in the
U.S. laboratory. Malenchenko did maintenance on the Zarya module's
cooling system, replacing a pump in one of the cooling loops. 
Medical tests continued throughout much of the week. On Wednesday Lu set
up and calibrated the Portable Clinical Blood Analyzer (PCBA). The next
day each crewmember performed health status checks on one another using
a variety of equipment, including the PCBA. 
The two crewmembers talked on Tuesday with reporter Stephen Young of
SpaceflightNow.com. Wednesday they held a ship-to-ship chat with the
six-member Aquarius crew of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission
Operations (NEEMO). Peggy Whitson, the first NASA ISS science officer,
who flew on ISS Expedition 5 from June to November 2002, commands the
Aquarius crew. And on Thursday they talked with people from the
NASAexplorers website at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Ala. 
Saturday and Sunday will be days off, though exercise and necessary
station maintenance will be performed both days. On Sunday they will
have a chance to talk with their families in private family conferences.
Another InSPACE run is scheduled for Monday, as is data transfer with
the EXPRESS Rack 1 in the Destiny laboratory. 
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 Thursday, July 3, or
earlier, if events warrant. 
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