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EXP 9 STATUS 20 SEPT. 2004



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

* Crew Sets Up Experiment, Plans for Departure*
Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Michael Fincke 
spent the weekend relaxing aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 
On Monday, the Expedition 9 crewmembers went back to work setting up 
experiment hardware for a Russian NEUROCOG experiment. The experiment 
will study microgravity's effect on an astronaut's perception and 
memorization of orientation and location when working in a virtual 
environment.

Before the weekend began, a Russian oxygen generator was restored to 
service as operations continued smoothly aboard the orbiting complex. 
One of many sources of oxygen inside the Station, a Progress cargo 
vehicle provided air pressure after the generator's outage. Padalka 
worked with Russian ground controllers to troubleshoot the device. It 
subsequently was turned off while ground controllers looked at data from it.

Over the weekend, Fincke performed various maintenance and housecleaning 
duties such as monitoring the Station's pressure and stowing gear. 
Padalka checked out Russian experiments and photographed various 
landmarks on Earth.

Mission managers are reviewing the launch date and time for Expedition 
10. Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan 
Sharipov, are tentatively planned to launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft 
about a week before the departure of Expedition 9. After liftoff, they 
would arrive at the ISS nearly two days later.

Also, Flight Engineer Yuri Shargin, a Russian cosmonaut, will launch to 
the ISS with Expedition 10. He will live and work aboard the Station for 
several days and then return home with Expedition 9. The departing 
crewmembers will return home in the same Soyuz capsule that took Padalka 
and Fincke to the Station, and they will land in Kazakhstan.

Fincke captured still images 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-9/inflight/ndxpage22.html> 
and videos of Hurricane Ivan. Visit the Gallery 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/index.html> to check out these images.

International Space Station Status Report No. 52 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-52.html>.
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