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Subject: ISS STATUS REPORT#03-47

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-47 
4 p.m. CDT, Friday, Sept. 19, 2003 
Expedition 7 Crew

Hurricane photography took its place alongside other science,
maintenance, and education on the International Space Station this week,
where Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science
Officer Ed Lu completed a busy week on orbit. 

This week's Earth Observation research focused on Hurricane Isabel.
Starting last Friday morning, and continuing this past Saturday and
Monday, cameras on the Station's S1 Truss and Destiny Laboratory, plus a
handheld camera operated by Lu, provided an additional perspective on
the size and shape of the large storm as it moved through the western
Atlantic Ocean on its way to landfall along the North Carolina coast.
Those photographs can be accessed through the Human Spaceflight Web


Lu performed the first operations with the Hand Posture Analyzer this
week; it was delivered on the most recent Russian Progress resupply
vessel last month. Working at the Human Research Facility rack in the
Destiny Laboratory, Lu donned an instrumented glove and performed a
series of hand and arm movements. Researchers will study the data to
learn how a person in zero-g uses hand and arm muscles to reach and
grasp items, and what impact that has on muscle fatigue. Lu also used
the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox (MSG) to complete two more experiment
runs of the Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation, a study of the
formation of bubbles in samples of metals or crystals that may weaken
the sample's strength or effectiveness. 

Lu's work inside Destiny this week included two educational activities:
his demonstration of how to use MSG will be incorporated into a NASA
Educator Guide for teachers of middle school students, who will attempt
to build their own gloveboxes and perform simple experiments. He also
completed a demonstration illustrating the difference between the
scientific concepts of weight and mass. NASA's Office of Spaceflight
sponsored both demonstrations. 

Both Station crewmembers spent time each day looking after the proper
operation of Station systems. In particular, Lu completed
troubleshooting ISS's Resistive Exercise Device, which affords the
crewmembers another option for exerting muscles that don't encounter
even routine resistance in the weightless environment of the Station,
and Malenchenko performed upgrades in the Russian Service Module Zvezda
by installing a replacement 800-amp battery, replacing a failed hard
drive in Zvezda's portable computer system, and installing removable
handrails on the galley table. 

Malenchenko and Lu took time Thursday to discuss their mission with
reporters at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The Crew News
Conference was part of a workshop on NASA efforts to meet the
recommendations set out by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board to
return the Space Shuttle to flight after the loss of Columbia and its
crew on Feb. 1. 

Preparation of components for delivery to ISS continues at the Kennedy
Space Center, where the Multi-Element Integrated Test between the
Japanese Experiment Module-Pressurized Module-Kibo-and NASA's Node-2 has
been completed. Node-2 will be attached to the forward end of the
Destiny Laboratory after its delivery on assembly mission 10A, and Kibo
will later be docked to the port side of Node-2. 

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: 


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: 


The next ISS status report will be issued Sept. 26, or sooner if events

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