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ISS STATUS REPORT #04-60



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

*International Space Station Status Report #04-60*
*4 p.m. CST, Friday, Nov. 5, 2004*
*Expedition 10 Crew*

Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov 
picked up the pace of scientific, maintenance and familiarization 
activities aboard the International Space Station this week.

A highlight of the week’s scientific activities was work with an 
advanced diagnostic method that could be important to medical care of 
future crewmembers on long spaceflights. It also could improve medical 
care in remote areas and emergency medical care on Earth.

The crew devoted considerable time on Thursday and Friday to the 
Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity (ADUM) experiment. The 
experiment looks at whether crewmembers can perform advanced ultrasound 
examinations after undergoing computer-based training. Data is sent as 
the scan is done in space to physicians on the ground, who use it in 
making a diagnosis.

Chiao, who also is NASA ISS science officer, used Sharipov as an ADUM 
subject on Thursday, and Sharipov did test scans on Chiao on Friday.

Both crewmembers participated in an emergency medical drill Thursday, 
looking at procedures and use of Crew Health Care Systems equipment. 
Later that day Sharipov relocated the Tissue Equivalent Proportional 
Counter (TEPC) within the U.S. laboratory Destiny. The device 
continuously records radiation readings. It is moved periodically to 
provide information from throughout the Station.

Chiao worked with the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT). It looks at 
long-term behavior of colloids, particles suspended in liquids like ink, 
paint and milk, in microgravity. Results should help determine what 
types of colloids should be studied by future station crews. Chiao spent 
a little over two hours on BCAT Monday, and worked periodically with the 
experiment later in the week.

Crewmembers continued their regular exercise sessions and Station 
maintenance chores. Activities included replacement of smoke detectors 
in the Zarya module. On Thursday Sharipov spent about an hour and a half 
checking the continuity of cables on the European Space Agency/Russian 
Global Timing System. GTS broadcasts time signals downward for global 
time synchronization. It has had occasional problems recently.

On Tuesday, Election Day, Chiao talked with reporters from Fox News and 
Associated Press. The conversations focused on Chiao having become the 
first person in space to vote in a U.S. presidential election when he 
cast his ballot by e-mail Oct. 31.

Next Monday Chiao and Sharipov will carry out proficiency training in 
operating the Space Station robotic arm, Canadarm2. To practice their 
work with the arm, the crew will maneuver the arm to provide camera 
views of an area of interest on the U.S. Lab module's exterior debris 
shielding. The area may be a shadow or possibly a dent in the shielding. 
The area has been observed in previous imagery taken during a Space 
Shuttle flight several years ago. On Friday the crew will operate the 
arm again to position its cameras in a prime viewing location for the 
relocation of the Soyuz by the crew later this month.

Meanwhile, Expedition 9 NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke and Commander 
Gennady Padalka are at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star 
City, Russia. They are conducting debriefings and rehabilitation as they 
readapt to Earth’s gravity. They are scheduled to return to Houston 
later this month.

Information on the crew's activities aboard the Space Station, future 
launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on 
the Earth, is available on the Internet at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

Details on Station science operations can be found on an Internet site 
administered by the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space 
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., at:

http://scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov/

The next ISS status report will be issued on Friday, Nov. 12, or earlier 
if events warrant.

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