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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

*Expedition 8 Conducts Russian Experiments, Prepares for Trip Home*
The Expedition 8 crew's workday Thursday was filled with a wide range of 
activities. Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri conducted the second part 
of a three-part Russian fitness evaluation. Once again, scientists 
recorded data as he exercised on the Station's cycle ergometer. He also 
worked with a Russian experiment that is studying the growth of pea 
plants in a microgravity environment.

Commander Michael Foale used the Station's Inventory Management System 
to sort clothing aboard the Station.

The crewmembers also continued preparations for their return to Earth. 
After spending nine days performing joint operations and handover 
activities with the Expedition 9 crew </station/crew/exp9/index.html>, 
Foale and Kaleri are slated to return to Earth on April 29. Expedition 9 
will launch April 18 and arrive at the Station on April 21.

On the ground, NASA officials will brief reporters 
</spacenews/releases/2004/N04-051.html> on the upcoming handover 
activities and the progress of the current crew Friday, beginning at 8 
a.m. CDT (1300 GMT). NASA TV </realdata/nasatv/index.html> will carry 
the briefings live.

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