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EXP 9 STATUS REPORT JULY 12,2004



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

* ISS Crew Begins Week With Science Experiments*
The Expedition 9 crew worked with several science experiments Monday 
aboard the International Space Station.

NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke conducted a session with the Fluid 
Merging Viscosity Measurement 
<http://www1.msfc.nasa.gov/NEWSROOM/background/facts/fmvm.html> (FMVM) 
experiment. This physical science experiment is studying viscosity -- a 
property of fluids that causes them to resist flowing because of the 
internal friction created as the molecules move against each other. 
Researchers hope data from FMVM will provide insight to the behavior of 
glasses -- materials that may be used to fabricate parts or equipment 
for long-term space missions and improve future materials processing 
experiments carried out in space and on Earth.

Fincke also set up equipment for the Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle 
School Students 
<http://www1.msfc.nasa.gov/NEWSROOM/background/facts/earthkam.html> 
(EarthKAM) experiment. EarthKAM is a NASA education program that enables 
thousands of students to photograph and examine Earth from a space 
crew's perspective by allowing them to control a special digital camera 
mounted on the ISS.

Fincke and Commander Gennady Padalka also performed their fifth session 
with a Russian biomedical assessment that studies changes in the human 
body during space travel. They recorded their calf volume and body mass 
measurements.

In other activities, the crew conducted a one-hour training session with 
the Crew Health Care System and installed new cargo containers in the 
Zarya Control Module 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/assembly/elements/fgb/index.html>.

International Space Station Status Report No. 39 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-39.html>.
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