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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC 

The Expedition 8 crew of the International Space Station wound up its
week with a busy Friday, getting ready for next week's practice session
for a possible February spacewalk. Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer
Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri also spent
considerable time on science experiments. 

Crewmembers are scheduled to do fit check work with the Russian
spacesuits on Monday. On Tuesday they are to practice various spacewalk
procedures, including boarding the ISS Soyuz 7 at the station in
pressurized spacesuits. That would become necessary if they were unable
to repressurize the Pirs Docking Compartment after a spacewalk. 

Today Foale spend almost two hours working with the Cellular
Biotechnology Operations Support System (CBOSS) and its Fluid Dynamics
Investigation (FDI) experiment. He was preparing for operations with the
experiment, which focuses on growth of three-dimensional cell cultures.
Meanwhile Kaleri worked with the Russian Profilaktika experiment, which
looks at some long-duration spaceflight effects and how to combat them. 

After a relatively quiet weekend, the crew began the week with body mass
measurements moments after they were awakened. Crewmembers also stowed
the EarthKAM experiment, which last week completed 750 requested Earth
pictures for students in 41 middle schools. Foale and Kaleri also took
time to talk with former Skylab astronauts gathered at the Marshall Space
Flight Center on the 30th anniversary of the launch of the last crew to
the first U.S. space station. 

On Tuesday crewmembers did a periodic hearing assessment, inspected the
Treadmill Vibration Isolation System (TVIS) and checked out batteries for
the Station's defibrillator. Wednesday they worked to organize equipment
and supplies and stowed much of the material in the Zero-G Stowage Rack
in the U.S. laboratory Destiny. One object of the activity, which will
continue next week, is to assure that fire ports in the Station's Unity
Node are unobstructed in the unlikely event fire should break out behind
the panels through which the ports provide access for fire extinguishers.

Foale responded to flight controllers' questions about the TVIS and
inspected the device before exercising on the treadmill Thursday. He also
replaced a battery in the Space Acceleration Measurement System. The crew
changed out 10 smoke detectors. 

Foale and Kaleri also continued taking potassium citrate pills or
placebos and recorded their food, water and medication intake as part of
the Renal (kidney) Stone Risk During Spaceflight experiment. Previous
experiments in space have shown an increased risk ifor development of
kidney stones during and immediately after flight, and the experiment is
testing a proven Earth-based remedy in space. 

Information on the crew's activities aboard the Space Station, and
instructions on how to view the Space Station from anywhere on Earth, is
available at: 



Details on Space 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 International Space Station status report will be issued Friday,
Nov. 21, or sooner if events warrant. 

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