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EXP 10 NEW LAUNCH DATE



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

* Expedition 10 Receives New Launch Date; Current Crew Troubleshoots 
Elektron 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-54.html>*
Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Mike Fincke 
this week learned that they will get a few more days in space. The 
Russian Federal Space Agency announced that the next ISS crew, 
Expedition 10 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp10/index.html>, is now 
slated to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 13 and 
arrive at the orbital outpost on Oct. 15. After eight days of joint 
operations, Padalka and Fincke will end their six-month stay at the 
Station and return to Earth on Oct. 23.

In addition to preparing for the arrival of the Expedition 10 crew and 
their trip home, Padalka and Fincke continued maintenance this week on 
the Russian Elektron oxygen generation system, which has operated 
intermittently over the past few weeks. Their efforts have brought 
success with the restoration of partial operation. Fincke also replaced 
a U.S. air monitoring system in the Destiny Laboratory Module 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/assembly/elements/uslab/index.html>.

The crew continued ISS science activities throughout the week. Fincke 
conducted several sessions with a soldering experiment that could lead 
to the use of soldering repair electronics during spaceflight. Padalka 
and Fincke continued their Crew Earth Observations 
<http://www1.msfc.nasa.gov/NEWSROOM/background/facts/ceo.html>.

On Monday, Padalka and Fincke will hold a news conference 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/www.jsc.nasa.gov/news/releases/2004/J04-039.html> 
at 9:40 a.m. CDT (1440 GMT). Later in the day, Station Program managers 
and scientists will recap the Expedition 9 flight in a briefing at 1 
p.m. CDT (1800 GMT). That briefing will be followed by a look ahead at 
the plans for the Expedition 10 crew at 2 p.m. CDT (1900 GMT). All three 
events will air on NASA TV 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/index.html>.
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