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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-42 
4 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 29, 2003 
Expedition 7 Crew

Progress 12, carrying more than 5,000 pounds of fuel, air and water,
fresh and prepared foods, clothing, and experiment hardware, is
scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station tomorrow. The
unpiloted cargo spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan at 8:48 p.m. CDT yesterday, following Wednesday's undocking
of a previous cargo craft from the aft end of the station's Zvezda
module. The new supply ship is due to dock to that vacant port at 10:45
p.m. CDT tomorrow. NASA-TV coverage of the Progress 12 docking begins
tomorrow at 10 p.m. CDT. 

The Expedition 7 crew, Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science
Officer Ed Lu, spent part of their week seeing to the proper operation
of the Station's systems, as well as completing their regularly
scheduled exercise. They also finished preparing the old Progress ship
for its departure. After loading the craft with material no longer
needed on board and removing hardware that will be refurbished and used
on future Progress flights, the Station crew closed the hatch on
Progress 10 Wednesday morning. Wednesday afternoon, specialists at the
Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow commanded the ship to
release its grip on the ISS and back away from the Station. It was
destroyed as it plunged into the Earth's atmosphere. 

In the Station's Destiny laboratory this week, Lu oversaw completion of
the second successful test run inside the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox
of the Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation, in which samples of a
transparent test material are melted so researchers can study the
formation of bubbles that might diminish the strength or usefulness of
metals or crystals. Two more test sessions of PFMI are scheduled for
next week, and three others later in Expedition 7. 

Supported by the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Lu also activated the Commercial
Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus for use in future fundamental space
biology research. He also installed a new laptop computer to function as
an interim control unit for the Space Acceleration Measurement System.
SAMS, which measures small vibrations on the Station that might impact
delicate microgravity science, is now back to full operation. 

Russian mission managers reported this week that the charge/discharge
unit of Battery No. 2 in the Zvezda module has been declared fully
failed and will need replacement. The seven other storage batteries in
Zvezda are fully operational and provide sufficient electricity. 

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 tomorrow night after the
Progress 12 docking, or sooner if events warrant. 
                                                   end 03-42

International Space Station Status Report #03-43 
11:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 30, 2003 
Expedition 7 Crew

An unpiloted Russian resupply craft successfully docked to the
International Space Station tonight, delivering nearly three tons of
food, fuel, water, supplies and scientific gear to the Expedition 7 crew
aboard the complex and for the next crew to launch in October. 

The Progress 12 vehicle automatically linked up to the aft end of the
Zvezda Service Module at 10:40 p.m. CDT (0340 GMT), two days after its
launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As the Progress
neared the Space Station for docking, Expedition 7 Commander Yuri
Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu were inside Zvezda,
monitoring its approach. At the time of contact and capture, the Station
was flying over Central Asia at an altitude of 240 statute miles. After
conducting leak checks to insure a tight seal between the Progress and
the ISS, Malenchenko and Lu will open the hatch to the ship and then
begin unloading the supplies. 

Stowed in the Progress are replacement parts for Station systems, tools,
a satellite telephone and Global Positioning System hardware, next
generation laptop computers, educational demonstrations, science
experiment gear and office supplies. The Progress also carried to the
ISS science equipment for European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Pedro
Duque of Spain, who is set to launch Oct. 18 from Baikonur on the Soyuz
TMA-3 craft with Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale and Expedition 8
Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri. Duque will spend
eight days aboard the Space Station conducting science experiments under
a commercial contract between ESA and the Russian Aviation and Space
Agency. Duque will return to Earth on Oct. 28 with Malenchenko and Lu. 

The new Progress also carries personal items and hardware for Foale and
Kaleri, who are scheduled to spend almost 200 days aboard the ISS. 

Another Progress vehicle currently docked to the Pirs Docking
Compartment will undock from the ISS on Sept. 4, to clear the way for
the arrival of Foale, Kaleri and Duque in the Soyuz TMA-3 on Oct. 20. 

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, Sept. 5, or
earlier, if events warrant. 






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