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ISS STATUS REPORT #04-47



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

*International Space Station Status Report #04-47*
*12:30 a.m. CDT, Saturday, August 14, 2004*
*Expedition 9 Crew*

An unpiloted Russian cargo ship linked up the International Space 
Station this morning to deliver almost three tons of food, fuel, oxygen, 
water and supplies to the residents onboard.

The ISS Progress 15 craft automatically docked to the aft port of the 
Zvezda Service Module at 12:01 a.m. CDT (501 GMT) as the spaceship and 
the Station flew 225 statute miles over central Asia. Within minutes, 
hooks and latches between the two ships engaged, forming a tight seal.

As the Progress moved in for its linkup, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady 
Padalka was at the controls of a manual docking system in Zvezda, ready 
to take over the Progressí final approach in the unlikely event its 
automated docking system encountered a problem. But the docking was 
flawless. Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke was 
nearby, collecting video and still imagery of the arrival of the new 
cargo craft.

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 that arrived at 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.

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.

Later today, Padalka and Fincke will open hatches between Zvezda and 
Progress and will begin to transfer its cargo to the orbital outpost.

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 on Friday, August 20, or 
earlier, if events warrant.
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