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EXP 9 - 21Sept. 2004 - Talks to Students

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC  Amsat A/C #31468

* Crew Maintains ISS, Talks to Students*
The Expedition 9 crew worked on International Space Station maintenance 
tasks Tuesday and talked with students on Earth. NASA ISS Science 
Officer Michael Fincke performed planned maintenance on the Station's 
treadmill and inspected life support systems.

Commander Gennady Padalka installed some cargo enclosure units in the 
Russian segment of the Station and tested the now-operational Elektron 
oxygen generator.

Last week, the Elektron was restored to service. Padalka worked with 
Russian ground controllers to troubleshoot the device. On Monday, it was 
turned off while ground controllers looked at data from it, and it 
resumed operation on Tuesday. Troubleshooting continues, but for now it 
is working normally. Other means of obtaining a safe breathing 
atmosphere are available on the ISS, so the temporary loss of the 
Elektron does not represent a hazard to the crew.

Also on Tuesday, both crewmembers talked with students from Kenna 
Elementary School in West Virginia. They were also scheduled to downlink 
greetings to the Power Generation Science and Research Institute in St. 
Petersburg, Russia, and the second annual Delphian games, also in Russia.

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. Padalka and Fincke 
will return home in the same Soyuz capsule that took them to the 
Station. They will land in Kazakhstan.

International Space Station Status Report No. 52 
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