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Exp 7 Status Report

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Crew Conducts Hand Experiment, Congratulates China
Even though the arrival of their replacements is less than a week away,
Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed
Lu continue to press ahead with a full workload aboard the International
Space Station. Wednesday, Lu conducted his second session with the Hand
Posture Analyzer experiment. This bioastronautics experiment is studying
muscle performance of human limbs in microgravity. Lu also replaced a
fuse switch box in the Destiny Laboratory Module.

Malenchenko conducted an inspection of the Station's U.S. segment, which
includes Destiny, the Unity Module and the Quest Airlock. Later,
Malenchenko conducted a test of a Russian carbon dioxide removal system.

Malenchenko and Lu prepared for their departure and the arrival of the
Expedition 8 crew -- Commander Michael Foale and Flight Engineer
Alexander Kaleri. The Expedition 8 crewmembers and European Space Agency
Astronaut Pedro Duque are slated to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan at 12:38 a.m. CDT (0538 GMT) Saturday and dock with the ISS
on Monday. After a week of handover activities, Expedition 7 and Duque
will return to Earth on Oct. 27.

The Expedition 7 crewmembers took time out of their day to congratulate
China for joining the United States and Russia as the only countries to
launch a human into space. Audio of Lu's remarks is available below.

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