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    Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington                     May 14, 2004
(Phone: 202/358-4769)


     The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) is 
working through its regular schedule of operations in orbit. 
Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science 
Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke spent the week 
preparing spacesuits for their upcoming spacewalk and loading 
trash aboard a Progress logistics vehicle.

Early in the week, Fincke conducted the second in a series of 
battery recharging activities for the U.S. spacesuits. The 
nickel metal hydride batteries will be used during a 
spacesuit dry run scheduled for next week. Fincke also worked 
on the water servicing system of one of the spacesuits' 
liquid cooling and ventilation garments. The garments, worn 
under the spacesuit, are imbedded with a network of tiny 
tubes that provide cooling. Fincke's maintenance work ensured 
no air bubbles will develop in that tubing.

The spacesuit work is part of preparations and evaluations 
for a spacewalk planned for June 10 to replace a Remote Power 
Control Module and restore power to a Station Control Moment 

Both crew members spent several hours loading trash into the 
Progress 13 spacecraft, which is scheduled to be undocked 
from the Station NET 5:18 a.m. EDT May 24. The next Russian 
cargo vehicle, Progress 14, is scheduled to launch May 25 
from Kazakhstan at 8:34 a.m. EDT and dock with the Station at 
8:57 a.m. EDT May 27. Progress 14 will carry fresh food, 
clothes and other supplies for the Station and new spacesuit 
gloves and other equipment for the June 10 spacewalk.

Also this week, U.S. flight controllers transmitted a 
software upgrade to several onboard computers. The upgrades 
are part of an extensive program initiated this year to 
improve Station software. They were loaded in four separate 
Station computers: two external multiplexer/demultiplexers 
(MDMs) and two S0 Truss MDMs that operate the systems on the 

The crew's scientific work included setting up a camera for 
use by thousands of middle-school students. The Earth 
Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM) 
camera was set up to operate from a window in the Zvezda 
Service Module. More than 60 schools and 3,600 students are 
expected to participate in EarthKAM observations. 

The EarthKAM program allows students to research and select 
photos of sites on Earth to be taken using the equipment 
aboard the Station. A Station computer receives the list of 
requested images from the ground. A high-resolution digital 
camera controlled by a nearby laptop computer, photographs 
the target. The computer then downlinks the image back to 
Earth. When the students receive the digital images, they 
conduct geographical research based on the photographs.

Crewmembers also had some daily time reserved for continued 
Station familiarization and adaptation, as is routine for new 
Station crewmembers during their first two weeks onboard.

Flight controllers are also preparing for a regularly 
scheduled reboost of the ISS Tuesday using the Progress 
engine for an 11-minute firing that will increase the 
altitude of the Station by two statute miles at its apogee.

For information about NASA and agency missions on the 
Internet, visit:


Information about crew activities on the Space Station, 
future launch dates, and Station sighting opportunities from 
Earth, is available on the Internet at:


Station science information is available on an Internet site 
administered by the Payload Operations Center at NASA's 
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., at:



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