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ISS EXP 9 STATUS REPORT #04-39



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

*International Space Station Status Report #04-39*
*3 p.m. CDT Friday, July 9, 2004*
*Expedition 9 Crew*

Aboard the International Space Station, work focused on science, 
spacesuit troubleshooting and routine maintenance as the Expedition 9 
crew sailed through its 12th week in space.

Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke 
turned their attention 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.

The advanced ultrasound experiment administered by Padalka on his 
“patient” Fincke was conducted through the middle of the week. It 
demonstrated that transmission to a flight surgeon could be accomplished 
in quick fashion. This bodes well for Earth applications such as cases 
where early diagnosis of an accident victim could be made. Individuals 
with little training could transmit information from remote locations to 
doctors who can evaluate the data before transportation of the victim to 
a hospital. Early diagnosis and treatment through such telescience could 
ultimately save lives.

Details on Station science operations, managed by NASA's Marshall Space 
Flight Center, can be found on the Payload Operations Center’s Internet 
site at http://scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov/ .

Fincke conducted additional troubleshooting work on the U.S. spacesuits 
with help 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. Further work is planned for the week of July 
19 to pinpoint the problem more precisely. Repair parts for the suits 
are to be launched aboard the next Progress supply craft on Aug. 11. The 
new Progress would dock with the Station Aug. 14. The Progress now 
docked to the Station, ISS Progress 14, will be undocked July 30.

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 Automated 
Transfer Vehicle (ATV).

Late in the week, the crew simulated 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 
complex to maintain the crew's emergency preparedness.

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/

The next ISS status report will be issued Friday, July 16, or as events 
warrant.

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