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ISS SCIENCE STATUS



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale continued payload activities with 
the Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation 
<http://www1.msfc.nasa.gov/NEWSROOM/background/facts/PFMI.html>, which 
is studying how bubbles form in metal and crystal samples, thus 
deteriorating the samples' strength and usefulness in experiments. This 
experiment is conducted in the Microgravity Science Glovebox 
<http://www1.msfc.nasa.gov/NEWSROOM/background/facts/MSG.html> located 
in the Destiny Laboratory Module 
</station/assembly/elements/uslab/index.html>.

The Station successfully raised its altitude by 1.6 miles (2.5 
kilometers) using a docked Progress cargo vehicle for reboost maneuvers.

*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 
</station/science/index.html> 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 <http://scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov/> at 
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.



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