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EXP 9 STATUS 15 SEPT. 2004

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

* Station Crew Completes Communications Check*
Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike 
Fincke continued to prepare for their departure from the International 
Space Station and their return to Earth. They completed the final 
two-way radio checks with a VHF system in the ISS Soyuz 8 spacecraft and 
U.S. ground sites. Padalka and Fincke are slated to return to Earth 
aboard the Soyuz on Oct. 18 after handing over command of the ISS to the 
Expedition 10 crew, which will arrive at the orbital outpost on Oct. 11.

In other activities, Fincke took part in a routine hearing assessment 
and checked the airflow between the Station's U.S. and Russian segments. 
Padalka began work to replace ventilation equipment in the Russian 
segment. Both crewmembers monitored science operations, maintained ISS 
systems and conducted their daily exercise regimen.

Late Tuesday, Fincke captured still images 
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/>.
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