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ISS CREW ENJOYS LIGHT DUTY



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

*Station Crew Enjoys Light Duty
*The Expedition 9 crew completed a three-day weekend Monday. Commander 
Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke received the 
extra day of light duty in observance of Russia's Independence Day. 
Their tasks included monitoring ISS science experiments and systems. 
They also performed their daily exercise regimen.

Planning continues for the upcoming spacewalk. Thursday, ISS Program 
managers discussed a new planning date for the extravehicular activity 
(EVA). A new date will give flight controllers more time to plan and 
allow the crewmembers to conduct the EVA during a better part of their 
workday. Final approval of a new planning date is expected this week.

The objective of the spacewalk is to replace the failed Remote Power 
Controller Module (RPCM) on the S0 Truss 
</station/assembly/elements/its/index.html#starboard>. The RPCM is 
responsible for the temporary loss of Control Moment Gyro No. 2 in 
April. The gyro is one of four that control the ISS' orientation. The 
spacewalk will be based out of Pirs Docking Compartment 
</station/assembly/elements/pirs/index.html>.

International Space Station Status Report No. 30 
</spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-30.html>.



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