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EXP 9 STATUS - 26 JULY 2004



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

* Expedition 9 Continues Spacewalk Preparations*
Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike 
Fincke began the new workweek aboard the International Space Station by 
preparing for their next spacewalk. They gathered equipment that will be 
used during the Aug. 3 excursion. They also prepared for a spacewalk 
practice session that will take place Tuesday.

The spacewalk objectives are the deployment and retrieval of experiments 
on the Russian segment of the Station and outfitting of the Zvezda 
Service Module 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/assembly/elements/sm/index.html> 
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 
briefing 
<http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2004/jul/HQ_n04112_station_spacewalk.html> 
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 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/index.html>.

In other activities Monday, the crewmembers participated in a Russian 
biomedical assessment. They recorded their body mass and calf volume 
measurements for this experiment that is studying changes in the human 
body during space flight.
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