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EXP 8-9 CREWS STATUS




Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

*ISS Crews Continue </spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-22.html>* 
*Handover Activities* </spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-22.html>
Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander 
Kaleri continue to hold handover briefings aboard the International 
Space Station with their replacements -- Expedition 9 Commander Gennady 
Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke.

Expedition 9 arrived at the ISS Wednesday morning with European Space 
Agency Astronaut André Kuipers, who flew to the ISS under a commercial 
agreement between ESA and Russia's Federal Space Agency. Kuipers is 
spending his time at the Station conducting science experiments.

Joint operations will continue until Foale, Kaleri and Kuipers leave the 
Station aboard the ISS Soyuz 
</station/assembly/elements/soyuz/index.html> 7 spacecraft and return to 
Earth on April 29.

Padalka and Fincke are scheduled to live aboard the ISS until late 
October when Expedition 10 replaces them. Their tour of duty will 
include the arrival of two Progress 
</station/assembly/elements/progress/index.html> cargo ships and at 
least two spacewalks.

An additional spacewalk may be conducted as early as next month to 
replace a faulty Remote Power Controller Module (RPCM) that caused one 
of the ISS' Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs) to go offline Wednesday 
morning. The CMGs are located in the Z1 Truss 
</shuttle/archives/sts-92/cargo/index.html> and control the Station's 
attitude. Two CMGs continue to operate well and are sufficient for 
controlling the Station's orientation until the RPCM can be replaced. 
The RPCM is a remotely controlled circuit breaker, and a spare RPCM is 
onboard.

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



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