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CREW COMPLETES RECORD SETTING WEEK



Submitted by Arthur- N1ORC




CREW COMPLETES RECORD SETTING WEEK


The Expedition 8 crew began the workweek with Commander Michael Foale 
breaking a U.S. space flight record. He surpassed Carl Walz as the U.S. 
astronaut with the most cumulative time in space. Walz has spent 230 
days, 13 hours and 4 minutes in space. Foale received a congratulatory 
call from Walz on Monday. By the time Foale returns to Earth next April, 
he will have accrued 375 cumulative days in space.

Foale held a session with the Foot/Ground Reaction Forces During 
Spaceflight experiment Tuesday. The investigation, which is also known 
as FOOT, could provide information about human bone and muscle loss in 
space. Foale is also NASA's ISS science officer for Expedition 8.

Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri conducted a run with the Russian Plasma 
Crystal-3 experiment, which is studying the crystallization of plasma 
dust subjected to high-frequency radio waves in a vacuum chamber.

In other activities throughout the workweek, the crew recharged 
batteries in the U.S. spacesuits and participated in the Renal Stone 
Risk During Space Flight experiment.

Listen to Astronaut Carl Walz congratulate Michael Foale for setting the 
record for most time in space by a U.S. astronaut.

3 Mb mp3 file
1.5 Mb Real Audio file
Expedition 8 Press Kit
 

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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)
 

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The Japanese Experiment Module Pressurized Module is moved across the 
floor of the Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, 
Fla.
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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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: Kylie Moritz | 
Updated: 12/12/2003
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