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EXP 9 UNLOADS PROGRESS,PREPARES FOR IISS REBOOST



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

* Crew Unloads Progress, Prepares for ISS Reboost *
After enjoying a light schedule Monday, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady 
Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke tackled a full workload 
Tuesday aboard the International Space Station. They unloaded and took 
inventory of items delivered by ISS Progress 15 cargo ship early Saturday.

The crew also prepared for an upcoming maneuver to raise the Station. 
The Progress 15's engines will be fired to raise the Station's orbit by 
about 1.6 miles (2.5 kilometers). The maneuver will also be used to test 
the ability of Russian specialists to accurately measure the Station's 
mass using fuel consumption during a reboost and to see how much fuel 
can be conserved during future maneuvers. The reboost is scheduled to 
begin at 8:26 p.m. CDT Thursday (0126 GMT Friday).

International Space Station Status Report No. 47 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-47.html>.

Check out the Gallery <http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/index.html> 
to see photos of Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-9/inflight/ndxpage13.html>.

*Russian Federal Space Agency Progress M-50 Brochure 
<javascript:createWindow('www.federalspace.ru/video/Progress_M50_www.pdf')> 
(PDF 2.4 Mb)*

*Joint Statement: International Space Station Heads of Agency Meeting * 
<http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2004/jul/HQ_04237_station_HOA.html>
The space agency leaders from the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe 
and Canada met in the Netherlands, on July 23, 2004, to discuss 
International Space Station cooperation activities. At this meeting, the 
ISS Partnership unanimously endorsed the ISS technical configuration and 
reviewed the status of ISS on-orbit operations and plans. The new ISS 
configuration is planned for completion by the end of the decade and 
will accommodate on-orbit elements from each of the ISS Partners. The 
configuration will enable increased utilization and will provide early 
opportunities for an enhanced crew of greater than three people.

Technical Station Configuration graphic 
<http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/62847main_ISS_config_072304.pdf> (114 Kb PDF).

Expedition 9 Mission Overview 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp9/mm-exp-9.pdf> (PDF 191 Kb)
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