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ISS STATION SCIENCE REPORT SS-04-042



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington                  Nov. 29, 2004
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS04-042

     The Expedition 10 crewmembers are back inside the 
International Space Station after taking a short ride this 
morning. They flew their Soyuz spacecraft from one docking 
port to another to clear the way for two spacewalks next 
year.

Having configured Station systems for autonomous operation, 
Expedition 10 Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Salizhan 
Sharipov and Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao undocked the 
Soyuz from the Station's Pirs Docking Compartment at 4:32 
a.m. EST, as they flew 225 miles over the southern Atlantic 
Ocean. 

Sharipov, seated in the center seat of the Soyuz descent 
module compartment, and Chiao seated to his left, backed the 
capsule away from the Station approximately 98 feet. They 
flew the Soyuz laterally along the Station approximately 45 
feet before rotating the craft 135 degrees to align it with 
the Earth-facing docking port on the adjacent Zarya module. 
The vehicle was held in position for eight minutes of 
station-keeping, ensuring correct alignment of docking 
mechanisms, before the crew began the final approach toward 
the Station. 

Docking was at 4:53 a.m. EST, as the Soyuz and the Station 
passed over western Asia.  Within minutes, hooks and latches 
engaged between the Soyuz and Zarya firmly linking the return 
vehicle and the Station. After a series of leak checks, the 
crew reentered the Station at 6:54 a.m. EST, and they began 
reconfiguring Station systems for normal operations. 

Repositioning of the Soyuz cleared Pirs, which also serves as 
an airlock, for a pair of spacewalks by Chiao and Sharipov 
planned for early next year. 

Information about crew activities on the Space Station, 
future launch dates and Station sighting opportunities from 
Earth, is available on the Internet at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

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Details about Station science operations are available on the 
Internet from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, 
Huntsville, Ala., Payload Operations Center at:

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

For information about NASA and other agency missions, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

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