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Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

* Expedition 10's Week Filled With Robot Arm Work, Science Activities 
Robotic arm operations and science experiments were among the many tasks 
that Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan 
Sharipov tackled during the week.

Chiao took the controls of the Robotic Workstation on Monday in the 
Destiny Laboratory Module for a training session with the robot arm, 
Canadarm2. During the session, he used the arm's camera to conduct an 
inspection of a panel on the outside of Destiny. Imagery from STS-113 in 
November 2002 revealed a possible indentation on the panel. Video from 
Monday's inspection helped engineers on Earth to determine that the area 
was a flat spot, possibly caused by temperature variations, and was not 
caused by an impact from space debris or a micrometeoroid.

Chiao operated Canadarm2 again Friday. He maneuvered the arm into the 
desired position to capture video of the ISS Soyuz 9 spacecraft on Nov. 
29. Chiao and Sharipov, who is the Soyuz commander, will relocate the 
spacecraft from the Pirs Docking Compartment to a port on the Zarya 
Control Module. The relocation will allow them to use Pirs for their 
upcoming spacewalks.

One of the experiments that the crew conducted was the Binary Colloid 
Alloy Test 3, which is studying the long-term behavior of colloids -- 
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 and photograph the growth and 
formations of the colloids.


* An irregularity in a micrometeoroid debris panel on the exterior of 
the Destiny Laboratory module is indicated by an arrow in an enhanced 
section of the image provided by the Image Science and Analysis Group at 
the Johnson Space Center. Analysis of this image and additional video 
indicates that the irregularity is not from a debris strike, but is 
consistent with flat spots seen on other areas that are likely the 
result of significant temperature changes. The protective shield’s 
function is not affected by the indentations. **View 
the full image., at the following:

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