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EXP 9 STATUS 14 SEPT.2004



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

* Expedition 9 Continues Duties as Stay Winds Down*
Expedition 9 <http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp9/index.html> 
continues science and maintenance activities aboard the International 
Space Station. The two crewmembers are also preparing to wind down their 
mission. Currently, Expedition 10 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp10/index.html> is scheduled 
to arrive at the ISS on Oct. 11. On Oct. 18, Expedition 9 will depart 
the Station on a Soyuz 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/assembly/elements/soyuz/index.html> 
and arrive back on Earth in Kazakhstan.

Commander Gennady Padalka is working on the Elektron oxygen generator. 
Padalka is troubleshooting the unit so it can return to operation. The 
Progress 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/assembly/elements/progress/index.html> 
cargo vehicle docked to the Station would provide oxygen if the Elektron 
is unable to restart. The commander also prepared a Soyuz VHF 
communications system for checkout with U.S. ground sites.

Flight Engineer and ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke is proceeding with 
science inside the Station's Destiny Laboratory 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/assembly/elements/uslab/index.html>. 
Fincke set up equipment and attached electrodes to himself for an 
investigation utilizing the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in 
Microgravity (ADUM) experiment. Padalka then took scans of Fincke's 
heart and chest, which were monitored remotely from the ground.

Over the weekend, Fincke captured still images 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-9/inflight/ndxpage20.html> 
of Hurricane Ivan. Visit the Gallery 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/index.html> to check out these 
images. Also, the latest forecast information on Ivan is available at 
the National Hurricane Center's Web site <http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/>.

International Space Station Status Report No. 51 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-51.html>.
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