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

* Expedition 9 Preps for Next Spacewalk, Progress Undocking 
During the week, the Expedition 9 crew prepared for upcoming events at 
the International Space Station. Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS 
Science Officer Mike Fincke prepared for their Aug. 3 spacewalk. The 
spacewalk's objectives are the deployment and retrieval of experiments 
on the Russian segment of the Station and outfitting of the Zvezda 
Service Module 
with navigation aids for next year's maiden flight of the European 
Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ship.

On July 28, NASA officials will discuss the upcoming spacewalk during a 
that starts at 10 a.m. CDT (1500 GMT). Then at 1:45 p.m. CDT (1845 GMT), 
the ISS' next crew, Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight 
Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, will preview its six-month stay in space. 
Both briefings will air live on NASA TV 

Padalka and Fincke also prepared for the July 30 departure of the ISS 
14 spacecraft by loading it with trash. A new cargo ship, Progress 15, 
is slated to arrive in mid-August.

On Tuesday, the duo took time out of its schedule to recognize the 35th 
anniversary of the first human mission to land on the moon, Apollo 11. 
The crew also discussed the role of the ISS in realizing the Vision for 
Space Exploration 

*Joint Statement: International Space Station Heads of Agency Meeting * 
The space agency leaders from the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe 
and Canada met in the Netherlands, on July 23, 2004, to discuss 
International Space Station cooperation activities. At this meeting, the 
ISS Partnership unanimously endorsed the ISS technical configuration and 
reviewed the status of ISS on-orbit operations and plans. The new ISS 
configuration is planned for completion by the end of the decade and 
will accommodate on-orbit elements from each of the ISS Partners. The 
configuration will enable increased utilization and will provide early 
opportunities for an enhanced crew of greater than three people.

Technical Station Configuration graphic 
<http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/62847main_ISS_config_072304.pdf> (114 Kb PDF).

Expedition 9 Mission Overview 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp9/mm-exp-9.pdf> (PDF 191 Kb)
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