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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468  Mass A/C

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington                    July 9, 2004
(Phone: 202/358-4769)


     Aboard the International Space Station, work is focused 
on science, spacesuit troubleshooting and routine maintenance 
as the Expedition 9 crew is sailing through its twelfth week 
in space.

Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke 
turned their attention this week to a human science 
investigation to better understand the ability to quickly and 
remotely transmit medical data to the ground. The application 
may also find benefits on Earth, allowing for much quicker 
injury diagnosis for patients at remote locations by doctors 
based at hospitals. Early diagnosis and treatment through 
such "telemedicine" could ultimately save lives.

The crew conducted the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in 
Micro-G (ADUM) experiment. Fincke set up the equipment, after 
which he and Padalka performed the ultrasound bone scans on 
each other. They took turns scanning the other's shoulder, 
elbow, knee and ankle. The team on the ground at the Payload 
Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, 
Huntsville, Ala., monitored the experiment, which was 
videotaped and photographed for downlink.

This research will be used to determine the accuracy of 
ultrasound in novel clinical conditions including orthopedic, 
thoracic and ophthalmic injury, and dental/sinus infections; 
and to assess the ultrasound as a feasible option for 
monitoring in-flight bone alterations.

Fincke conducted additional troubleshooting work on the U.S. 
spacesuits with assistance from Mission Control. The 
Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMU) have cooling problems, 
which have tentatively been traced to pumps inside the suits. 
These pumps circulate water through the suit to keep 
spacewalkers cool or warm. More work is planned for the week 
of July 19 to pinpoint the problem more precisely. Repair 
parts for the suits are scheduled to arrive at the Station on 
the next Progress supply spacecraft on Aug. 14.

The next spacewalk using Russian Orlan suits is planned for 
Aug. 3. During the spacewalk, the crew will retrieve science 
experiments, install others, and prepare the outside of the 
Zvezda module's docking port for next year's planned first 
flight of the European supply spacecraft called the Automated 
Transfer Vehicle.


The crew also took time this week to simulate an onboard fire 
during an emergency drill, and exercised the full contingency 
plan with flight controllers in Houston and Moscow. Similar 
drills are conducted periodically aboard the orbiting 
laboratory to maintain the crew's emergency preparedness.

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:


Details about Station science operations are available on an 
Internet site administered by the Payload Operations Center 
at Marshall Space Flight Center at:



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