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ISS STATUS REPORT #04-28



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

*International Space Station Status Report #04-28*
*9:30 a.m. CDT, Thursday, May 27, 2004*
*Expedition 9 Crew*

An unmanned Russian resupply ship smoothly linked up to the 
International Space Station this morning, delivering two and a half tons 
of food, water, fuel, spare parts and supplies to the two residents on 
board.

With Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA Science Officer and 
Flight Engineer Mike Fincke looking on, the ISS Progress 14 docked to 
the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 8:55 a.m. CDT (1355 GMT) as 
the two craft flew 230 statute miles above Central Asia.

Padalka and Fincke were in Zvezda, prepared to take over manual control 
of the operation if it had been necessary, but the Progress craft 
automatically docked to the module through pre-programmed computer 
command with no problem.

The Progress was launched Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 
Kazakhstan and chased the Station for two days, using its engine to 
conduct rendezvous maneuvers in fine-tuning its course for todayís docking.

The Progress was the first ship to arrive at the ISS since Padalka and 
Fincke took over Station operations last month. The next Progress is 
scheduled to launch to the Station in late July.

After leak checks are completed to insure a tight seal between Progress 
and Zvezda, Padalka will open up the shipís hatch later today so he and 
Fincke can begin unloading its cargo Friday.

Next week, Padalka and Fincke will turn their attention to preparations 
for a spacewalk no earlier than June 16, Moscow time, in Russian Orlan 
spacesuits out of the Pirs Docking Compartment to replace a power 
controller on the Stationís truss that failed April 21, resulting in the 
temporary loss of one of the four Control Moment Gyros (CMGs) that 
govern the orientation of the complex.

On Wednesday, Fincke and Padalka took turns maneuvering the Stationís 
Canadarm2 robotic arm to a position along the S0 Truss for camera views 
of the spacewalk worksite and downlink television of the spacewalk tasks 
as they are conducted during the planned 4-Ĺ hour excursion. The two 
crewmembers will begin checking out their Orlan spacesuits next Thursday 
and are expected to climb into the suits June 11 in a dress rehearsal of 
the suit up and a thorough checkout of the suit systems that will clear 
the way for the spacewalk.

The spacewalk will be under the control of both U.S. and Russian mission 
personnel. Russian flight controllers will be directing Padalka and 
Fincke as they exit the Pirs and climb onto the telescoping Russian 
Strela cargo crane to be transported some 50 feet to the intersection of 
the U.S. and Russian segments of the Station. Once they dismount from 
the Strela, Padalka and Fincke will be under the direction of U.S. 
flight controllers as they move to the S0 Truss via handrails and 
tethers to swap out the failed Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) that 
rendered CMG 2 inoperable.

After power is restored to the CMG, the spacewalkers will make their way 
back to the Strela crane and, under the direction of Russian flight 
controllers once again, will swing back to the Pirs to reenter the 
Russian airlock and end the spacewalk.

Padalka and Fincke also conducted biomedical experiments and routine 
housekeeping tasks this week as they set their sights on the start of 
spacewalk preparations.

Information on the crew's activities aboard the Space Station, future 
launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on 
the Earth, is available on the Internet at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

Details on Station science operations can be found on an Internet site 
administered by the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space 
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., at:

http://scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov/

The next ISS status report will be issued on Friday, June 4, or earlier, 
if events warrant.

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