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

*International Space Station Status Report #04-45*
*12:30 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 11, 2004*
*Expedition 9 Crew*

An unpiloted Russian cargo ship blasted off this morning from the 
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a three-day journey to deliver 
almost three tons of food, fuel, oxygen, water and supplies to the 
residents of the International Space Station.

The ISS Progress 15 craft lifted off on time from the Central Asian 
launch site at 12:03 a.m. CDT (503 GMT), and less than 10 minutes later 
settled into orbit. Moments after that, automatic commands deployed its 
solar arrays and navigational antennas.

As the Progress launched, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and 
Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke were asleep. The 
Station was flying just to the southwest of Baikonur at an altitude of 
230 statute miles at the time of launch.

Two engine firings were scheduled overnight to raise and refine the 
Progressí orbit and its path to the ISS for an automated docking 
Saturday morning at 12:02 a.m. CDT (0502 GMT) at the aft port of the 
Zvezda Service Module. The Progress is loaded with 1521 pounds of 
propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air to replenish the Stationís 
atmosphere, 926 pounds of water and more than 3000 pounds of spare 
parts, life support system components and experiment hardware.

Among the spare parts launched today to the Station are new pumps for 
the U.S. spacesuits onboard that experienced cooling problems in early 
June while being prepared for a spacewalk to repair a failed power 
controller. The suits are undergoing troubleshooting in the hope they 
can be placed back into service in the near future. The repair spacewalk 
was eventually conducted in Russian Orlan spacesuits on June 30.

Also on the Progress are clothing articles for the next residents that 
will occupy the Station. Expedition 10 Commander and NASA Science 
Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov are scheduled 
to launch Oct. 9 on the Soyuz TMA-5 vehicle from Baikonur to begin a 
six-month stay on the complex, replacing Padalka and Fincke.

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:


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:


The next ISS status report will be issued on Friday, August 13, or 
earlier, if events warrant.

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