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Exp 9 Status 31 August 2004

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

* Spacewalk Preps Continue*
Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike 
Fincke reviewed the timeline and prepared tools Wednesday for their 
upcoming spacewalk. They also participated in pre-spacewalk medical checks.

Padalka and Fincke are slated to conduct the fourth spacewalk of their 
six-month mission Friday. The spacewalk is slated to begin at 11:50 a.m. 
CDT (1650 GMT), with NASA TV 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/index.html>'s coverage 
starting at 10:30 a.m. CDT (1530 GMT).

The spacewalk's objectives include installing three antennas on the 
exterior of the Zvezda Service Module 
that will aid the automated docking of a new Station supply craft, the 
European Automated Transfer Vehicle, set to arrive next year. Other 
tasks include replacement of a pump panel on the Zarya module that is 
part of the Russian segment's cooling system; installation of guides for 
spacesuit tethers on Zarya handrails; and the installation of handrail 
covers near the Pirs Docking Compartment 

*ISS Provides Hurricane Observations
*Throughout the week, the Expedition 9 crew and external ISS cameras 
have captured still images and video of Hurricane Frances as it has 
marched westward in the Atlantic Ocean. New imagery 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp9/frances/index.html> and 
video were taken Wednesday and downlinked to the ISS Mission Control 
Center in Houston. Frances, which was packing 140 mph (225 kilometers 
per hour) winds at 1 p.m. CDT (1800 GMT) Wednesday, is forecast to make 
landfall on the eastern Florida coast later this week, possibly 
affecting Kennedy Space Center. Visit the National Hurricane Center's 
Web site <http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/> for the latest information on Frances.

More Hurricane Frances imagery 
is available in the Gallery and the most recent video footage of the 
storm can be seen on NASA TV's Video File.

International Space Station Status Report No. 49 
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