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ISS EXP 8-9 Status

    Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

*ISS Crew Handles Busy Schedule; Expedition 9 Launch Preparations Continue*
The Expedition 8 crewmembers entered the final full week as the only 
people aboard the International Space Station. Even though they are 
short-timers aboard the orbital outpost, they continued to accomplish a 
wide range of tasks.

Regular activities aboard the ISS on Monday included taking monthly 
water samples and work with science experiments, including a Russian 
plant growth experiment. Also, Commander Michael Foale and Flight 
Engineer Alexander Kaleri participated in a periodic hearing assessment.

Kaleri also worked in the Soyuz 
</station/assembly/elements/soyuz/index.html> TMA-3 spacecraft to 
prepare it for replacement of the primary fan in a cooling/drying unit.

On the ground, preparations continue at Baikonur Cosmodrome in 
Kazakhstan for the launch of Expedition 9. Liftoff is scheduled for 
10:19 p.m. CDT Sunday (0319 GMT Monday). NASA TV 
</realdata/nasatv/index.html>'s launch coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. 
(0230 GMT).

Monday marked the 43rd anniversary of the first human space flight by 
Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the 23rd anniversary of the first Space 
Shuttle flight </shuttle/archives/sts-1/index.html> by Astronauts John 
Young and Bob Crippen.

Check out NASA TV's schedule </spacenews/releases/2004/N04-050.html> for 
coverage of upcoming ISS activities.

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