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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

*Expediton 8 Continues Work on ISS; Preps Under Way for Launch of New 
Crew </spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-17.html>*
Even though they are in the final month of their stay aboard the 
International Space Station, Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale and 
Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri pressed ahead with a busy schedule 
during the workweek.

One of their tasks was the inspection of two Russian Orlan spacesuits 
that arrived at the Station on Jan. 31 aboard the Progress 
</station/assembly/elements/progress/index.html> 13 spacecraft. The new 
suits may be used during spacewalks by the Expedition 9 crew.

Thursday, Foale used the Station's robotic arm, Canadarm2 
</station/assembly/elements/mss/index.html>, to inspect the exterior of 
the Space Station during a proficiency training session.

Flight controllers in the United States and Russia are discussing a 
metallic sound that Kaleri reported hearing in the Zvezda Service Module 
</station/assembly/elements/sm/index.html> on Friday. The crew reported 
hearing a similar sound in late November. Currently, all ISS systems are 
operating in good shape.

Also on the ground, preparations continue for the launch of Expedition 
9. Space Station managers found that there were no issues that would 
prohibit an April 18 launch. Managers will hold the flight readiness 
review next week. Meanwhile, the Expedition 9 crew continued its 
preparations in Russia.

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