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Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

* ISS Crew Begins November With Science, Checkouts*
November began with a wide range of activities for the International 
Space Station's Expedition 10 crew. Commander Leroy Chiao, who is also 
the Expedition 10 NASA ISS science officer, conducted a session with the 
Binary Colloid Alloy Test 3, which is studying the long-term behavior of 
colloids -- a system of fine particles suspended in a fluid -- in a 
microgravity environment, where the effects of sedimentation and 
convection are removed. Crewmembers will even out the samples, 
photograph the growth and formations of the colloids, and downlink the 
images for analysis.

Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov checked out a Russian plant-growth 
experiment and trained with the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in 
Microgravity (ADUM) medical experiment. 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 hospitals.

In other activities, Chiao also took readings throughout the Station for 
a routine noise level check and took inventory of flight crew equipment. 
Sharipov inspected circuit breakers and fuses in the Pirs Docking 
Compartment. Also, both crewmembers spent an hour familiarizing 
themselves with the Space Station.

On the ground, Expedition 9 is in Star City, Russia, for several weeks 
of post-flight debriefings and medical exams before returning to Houston 
in mid-November.

International Space Station Status Report No. 59 
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