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Exp 8 Report 3/17/2004

Submitted by  Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

Biomedical Experiments Continue; Crew to Troubleshoot Elektron
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 8 Commander Michael 
Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri continued their work 
Wednesday with biomedical experiments. One experiment was the third part 
of a Russian medical assessment that the crewmembers have been 
conducting since Monday. The studies monitor crew health and give 
valuable information about living in microgravity.

In other activities Wednesday, Foale took monthly water samples and 
completed mandatory crew medical officer training. Kaleri installed new 
software in a laptop computer in the Zvezda Service Module.

The Russian Elektron oxygen generation system remains offline. It is 
believed that air bubbles caused by contaminated water are causing the 
Elektron to shut down after a few minutes of operation.

Foale and Kaleri are scheduled to troubleshoot the problem over the next 
two days. They will replace a liquids unit Thursday in the Elektron 
oxygen generation system. Friday, the crewmembers will replace water 
feed lines.

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