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Crew Preps for Science Work, Takes Air Samples
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 8 Commander Michael
Foale altered the size of the Lower Extremity Monitoring Suit pants. He
will wear the pants during future sessions of the Foot/Ground Reaction
Forces During Spaceflight (FOOT) experiment. FOOT researchers hope to
learn more about the reasons for bone and muscle loss by astronauts in
orbit, gaining insight that may lead to better countermeasures for

He reviewed procedures and set up video cameras for the Cellular
Biotechnology Operations Support System/ Fluid Dynamics Investigation
(CBOSS-FDI). This experiment is focusing on growth of three-dimensional
cell cultures.

Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri took routine air samples in the
Station's Russian segment. He also finished up work in the Pirs Docking
Compartment related to last week's Orlan spacesuit training session. 

U.S. and Russian flight controllers are reviewing video from the
Canadarm2's camera that was used to inspect the exterior of the ISS on
Wednesday. The inspection was performed because Foale and Kaleri reported
hearing a metallic noise that may have originated on the Zvezda Service
Module's hull. Nothing was found during the initial inspection.

The crew will celebrate Thanksgiving Day with light duty and a dinner
consisting of turkey, chicken and rice.

International Space Station Status Report No. 60.

Expedition 8 Press Kit

During its stay aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 8
crew will take imagery of Earth, like this one of Salt Lake City, Utah,
for the Crew Earth Observations experiment.  
New Crew to Continue ISS Science
Like its predecessors, the Expedition 8 crew will continue to use the
International Space Station as an orbiting laboratory. Expedition 8
Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Michael Foale and Flight Engineer
Alexander Kaleri will devote more than 300 hours to research during their
six-month stay aboard the orbital outpost. 

Most of the experiments they will work with are holdovers from previous
Expeditions. Earth observation, bioastronautics and physical sciences are
some of the areas that the research will cover. 

However, the science schedule for Expedition 8 is flexible and planners
are evaluating new experiments that could be sent to the Station aboard
three Progress cargo ships scheduled to visit the ISS during Expedition
8's tour of duty.

Some of the experiments on the Station require little or no intervention
by the crew. These experiments are being monitored by flight controllers
at the ISS Payloads Operations Center at Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Ala. 

Expedition 8 Mission Overview (PDF 868 Kb) 

The Japanese Experiment Module Pressurized Module is moved across the
floor of the Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center,
Node 2, JEM Arrive at Kennedy Space Center for Testing
Two future components of the International Space Station, Node 2 and the
Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Pressurized Module, have arrived at
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The modules will undergo testing at Kennedy
before they go to orbit.

Node 2 was built for NASA under a barter agreement with the European
Space Agency. In exchange for Node 2, NASA will launch the European
Columbus Laboratory on board a future Space Shuttle mission to the Space
Station. The Japanese Experiment Module, which is also known as Kibo,
will be linked to Node 2 on the station. 

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