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EXP 9 STATUS - 11 OCT 2004

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

* Expedition 9's Stay on ISS Winding Down; Expedition 10 to Arrive Next 
Throughout the week, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS 
Science Officer Mike Fincke prepared for their return to Earth. Their 
six-month stay aboard the International Space Station will wrap up Oct. 23.

Preparations for their return to Earth included fit checks of the 
custom-made seatliners in the ISS Soyuz 8 spacecraft in which they will 
return to Earth.

They also prepared for the arrival of their replacements, the Expedition 
10 crew <http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp10/index.html>, 
Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov. Expedition 
10 is scheduled to launch Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 10:06 
p.m. CDT Oct. 13 (0306 GMT Oct. 14) and arrive at the Station at 11:24 
p.m. CDT Oct. 15 (0424 GMT Oct. 16) to begin a six-month stay at the 
orbital outpost. Russian Space Forces Test Cosmonaut Yuri Shargin will 
travel to the Station with Expedition 10 and return to Earth with 
Expedition 9.

On the scientific front this week, Padalka and Fincke wrapped up their 
work with the Advanced Ultrasound in Microgravity (ADUM) experiment. 
They held their final session of ADUM on Tuesday during which they 
conducted successful bone scans. ADUM seeks to better understand the 
ability to quickly and remotely transmit medical data to the ground. The 
application may also find benefits on Earth, allowing for much quicker 
injury diagnosis for patients at remote locations by doctors based at 

On Oct. 4, NASA officials held briefings highlighting Expedition 9 
activities and previewing Expedition 10.

*Briefing materials:*

    * Expedition 9 Science Recap
    * Expedition 10 Research Briefing

Expedition 10 Press Kit 
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