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

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington                      July 23, 2004
(Phone: 202/358-4769)


     The International Space Station's Expedition 9 
crewmembers are now past the halfway point of their six-
month mission. This week, they prepared for a third 
spacewalk and joined the world in observing the 35th 
anniversary of the first landing of humans on the moon.

July 19 was the midpoint of the flight for ISS Commander 
Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, who 
launched Apr. 19 and are targeted to return Oct. 19. On 
Monday Fincke spoke with Charles Gibson of ABC-TV's "Good 
Morning, America" about the birth of his daughter, Tarali, 
in June while he was in space. Fincke's wife and children 
joined the discussion from Houston.

This week the crew continued packing unneeded equipment and 
trash in the Progress vehicle, scheduled to undock July 30. 
Undocking the Progress from Zvezda's aft docking port will 
clear the area for the next spacewalk, targeted for Aug. 3. 
Wearing Russian spacesuits and exiting from the Pirs Docking 
Compartment, Padalka and Fincke are to install 
retroreflectors and communications equipment needed for the 
docking of the Automated Transfer Vehicle, a European Space 
Agency cargo spacecraft scheduled to make its first flight 
next year. Yesterday, Padalka and Fincke maneuvered the 
Station's Canadarm2 into position so its cameras can view 
the spacewalk, and today they wrapped up a thorough review 
of the spacewalk timeline with specialists in Moscow.
Fincke and Padalka also continued their support this week of 
an experiment that looks at the interactions between the 
crew and the ground teams. This experiment involves a 
questionnaire on a laptop computer, which the crew and 
members of their ground support team complete once a week. 
The data is being used to examine issues involving tension, 
cohesion and leadership roles in both the crewmembers and 
their support team. The information gained will lead to 
improved training and in-flight support of future space 
As part of Fincke's Saturday Afternoon Science, he conducted 
another session of the Educational Payload Operations or 
EPO. This EPO activity demonstrated what crewmembers can 
observe about pollution and the environmental problems on 
Earth. Fincke showed the window where he observes the Earth, 
and described what types of pollution can be seen -- such as 
air pollution in urban areas, smoke from wildfires, 
deforestation and strip mining.

The activity was videotaped and will be used later in 
classrooms and NASA educational products. EPO is an 
education payload designed to support the NASA Mission to 
inspire the next generation of explorers.

Meanwhile, flight controllers in Houston are continuing to 
investigate why two U.S. spacesuits are not providing the 
proper cooling. This week, Fincke conducted troubleshooting 
of a motor in the water pump of one of the spacesuits as 
engineers on the ground monitored. An analysis of photos and 
video from that work is underway. Two spare water pumps will 
be launched in the next Progress supply ship, due to lift 
off Aug. 11 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The failure of a computer on the Station's inactive 
starboard thermal radiator on Monday has no significant 
impact on current operations. The radiator is not in use in 
the present Station configuration, although the computer had 
assisted flight controllers with monitoring of temperatures 
and pressures of the unused equipment. The radiator is not 
scheduled to be used until several missions after the Space 
Shuttle's return to flight.

Tuesday, Padalka and Fincke celebrated the anniversary of 
the Apollo 11 moon landing and discussed the past, present 
and future of space exploration -- and the role to be played 
by the International Space Station in future exploration -- 
during in an interview with CBS News.

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 NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., 


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