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EXP 9 STATUS REPORT 28 JULY 2004



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

* Expedition 9 Continues Spacewalk Preps*
Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike 
Fincke continued to get ready for next week's spacewalk at the 
International Space Station. They conducted leak checks in the spacesuit 
primary and backup oxygen tanks.

The spacewalk, which will be the crew's third, is scheduled for Aug. 3, 
beginning at 2:10 a.m. CDT (0719 GMT). Objectives are 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. NASA TV 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/>'s coverage of the 
spacewalk will begin at 1 a.m. CDT (0600 GMT).

Also this week, the Progress 14 spacecraft is scheduled to leave the 
ISS. Undocking is set for 1:06 a.m. CDT (0606 GMT) Friday. After 
undocking from the aft end of Zvezda, Progress 14 and its load of trash 
will be commanded to burn up in Earth's atmosphere. Its departure sets 
the stage for the arrival of Progress 15 on Aug. 14. Progress 15 will 
launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

International Space Station Status Report No. 41 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-41.html>.
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