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Exp 9 Prepares for Spacesuit Troubleshooting




    Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468


*Expedition 9 Prepares for Spacesuit Troubleshooting
*Aboard the International Space Station on Thursday, Expedition 9 
Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke 
prepared for activities to fix a problem with the cooling system in an 
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) that emerged during Wednesday's 
practice session. The practice session was performed to test their 
ability to get into the EMUs, which are U.S. spacesuits, without the 
assistance of a third crewmember in preparation for an upcoming spacewalk.

The session was terminated early due to the cooling problem that 
occurred in Padalka's EMU. Flight controllers are assessing the 
situation and plan to have the crew troubleshoot the problem Friday 
morning. The issue is believed to be a clogged coolant line.

The spacewalk is expected to be delayed several days beyond the original 
target date of June 10. The primary task is the replacement of the 
failed Remote Power Controller Module on the S0 Truss that caused the 
spindown of Control Moment Gyroscope No. 2.

On Monday, mission managers will make their next assessment of spacewalk 
preparations before setting a new target date, possibly June 16. Another 
practice session may be conducted June 4.

In other activities Thursday, the crew prepared for the departure of the 
ISS Progress 13 cargo ship and the arrival of the Progress 14 
spacecraft. Progress 13, which will be filled with trash, is slated to 
undock from the Station about 4:19 a.m. CDT (0919 GMT) Monday, and 
Progress 14 is scheduled to launch Tuesday and arrive at the orbital 
outpost May 27.

International Space Station Status Report No. 25 
</spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-25.html>.




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