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Congrats to Mike Fincke!!

It appears that Mike is a "MacGyver" in space, and a HAM to boot!
Personally, I never seen an Astronaut that has been able to "just make it 
Come up with NEW tools and techniques is American engineering at work.. in 
Mike has very MANY talents, and has been heard around the world in MANY 
different languages on Amateur Radio.
I will be honored (again) to talk to Mike in the near future.

Hats off to you Mike Fincke!

73, Scott Avery, Salinas Ca.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Arthur Z Rowe" <n1orc@surfgate.net>
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2004 3:25 PM
Subject: [sarex] EXP 9 STATUS 27 AUGUST 2004

> Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468
> * Expedition 9 Prepares for Spacewalk, Works on Spacesuit
> <http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-49.html>*
> The Expedition 9 crewmembers completed another busy week aboard the
> International Space Station. A large portion of their work centered on
> spacewalk preparations and spacesuit repairs. Early in the week, they
> performed the most complex spacesuit repair job ever conducted in flight
> on a U.S. spacesuit.
> NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke successfully replaced a water pump
> in the suit's cooling system and performed other troubleshooting tasks
> on the suit, which had experienced cooling problems earlier this year.
> Tests indicate that the new pump is working perfectly. Engineers on
> Earth are analyzing data to determine if the spacesuit, which is known
> as an Extravehicular Mobility Unit, can be cleared for use.
> Throughout the week, Commander Gennady Padalka and Fincke gathered tools
> and reviewed timelines in preparation for their Sept. 3 spacewalk. The
> excursion, which will be Expedition 9's fourth spacewalk at the ISS, is
> scheduled to begin at 11:50 a.m. CDT (1650 GMT). The spacewalk will use
> Russian Orlan spacesuits and be based out of the Pirs Docking
> Compartment. NASA TV
> <http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/index.html>'s spacewalk
> coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. CDT (1530).
> While the crew slept Wednesday night, Russian flight controllers fired
> the thrusters on the ISS Progress
> <http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/assembly/elements/progress/index.html>
> 15 in a maneuver to raise the orbit of the Station. The Progress raised
> the Station's orbit by 2.6 miles (4.2 kilometers). This was the second
> maneuver using Progress 15, with a third scheduled for September. The
> Station's orbit is being raised to prepare it for the arrival of
> Expedition 10 in October.
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