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ISS STATUS REPORT #04-42



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

*International Space Station Status Report #04-42*
*2:30 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 30, 2004*
*Expedition 9 Crew*

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke 
this week marked their 100th day in orbit, oversaw the undocking of a 
resupply craft and prepared for their third spacewalk.

The ISS Progress 14 automated resupply craft undocked at 1:05 a.m. CDT 
today. Fincke filmed its departure, and Station exterior cameras 
captured rare footage of the Progress’ fiery re-entry into Earth’s 
atmosphere. It had been filled with about a ton of trash and equipment 
no longer needed aboard the orbiting outpost. It was undocked to clear 
the area for the upcoming spacewalk and to make room for the next supply 
vehicle, Progress 15, planned to launch Aug. 11 and dock with the 
Station on Aug. 14.

Throughout the week, Padalka and Fincke prepared for their Aug. 3 
spacewalk. Using Russian spacesuits and the Russian Pirs airlock, they 
will replace several materials exposure experiment packages and a 
thruster contamination monitor. They also will install reflectors and 
communications equipment needed for the docking of a new European Space 
Agency cargo ship, called the Automated Transfer Vehicle, to fly for the 
first time next year. NASA Television will broadcast the spacewalk live 
beginning at 1 a.m. CDT Aug. 3. Padalka and Fincke are set to exit the 
hatch and begin up to six hours of work outside at about 2:10 a.m. CDT.

This will be the 55th spacewalk in support of Space Station assembly and 
maintenance, the 30th from the Station and the 12th from the Russian 
airlock. Padalka will be making his fifth spacewalk, and Fincke his 
third. The Expedition 9 crew, which launched April 19, has a fourth 
spacewalk scheduled later in the year.

The Progress 15 cargo will include two spare water pumps that engineers 
hope to use in repairing two U.S. spacesuits with cooling system 
problems. Engineers are continuing to review detailed photographs 
downlinked by the crew during last week’s troubleshooting.

Fincke spent part of his weekend working with the In Space Soldering 
Investigation. He used a soldering iron to melt solder on 18 experiment 
samples, documenting differences in the way the solder melted and 
solidified in weightlessness. Scientists hope to learn how such 
materials behave in orbit. The tests may help to verify in-flight repair 
procedures for electronics on the Station and for future space 
exploration vehicles and outposts.

Thursday, the crew answered questions from teachers gathered for a NASA 
Explorer School Workshop at the Goddard Space Flight Center in 
Greenbelt, Md.

Information on the crew's activities aboard the Space Station, future 
launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on 
the Earth, is available on the Internet at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

Details on Station science operations can be found on an Internet site 
administered by the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space 
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., at:

http://scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov/

The next ISS status report will be issued following the Aug. 3 spacewalk 
or sooner if events warrant.

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