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EXP 10 STATUS - 10 DECEMBER 2004



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

* Crew's Week Filled With Science, Maintenance Work 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-66.html>*
Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan 
Sharipov wrapped up another busy week aboard the International Space 
Station. Their activities included working with science experiments and 
preparing for future investigations.

Both crewmembers participated in a Russian experiment that tests the 
human cardiovascular system during space flight. Throughout the week, 
Chiao supported the checkout of the Active Rack Isolation System (ARIS) 
hardware in preparation for upcoming experiments. ARIS is a device 
designed to protect experiments from being affected by vibrations on the 
Station. Friday, he photographed the Binary Colloidal Alloys Test -- an 
experiment that is studying fluids that have suspended particles in them.

The maintenance included installing cables in the Station's Russian 
segment and charging batteries for U.S. spacesuits. The crew also 
conducted a fire drill early in the week.

On the ground, preparations continue for the launch of the Progress 16 
spacecraft. The uncrewed cargo ship will deliver water, fuel and 
supplies, including enough food to restore the Station's supply. 
Progress 16 is scheduled to lift off from Kazakhstan on Dec. 23 at 4:19 
p.m. CST (2219 GMT) and dock with the Station at 6:05 p.m. CST on Dec. 
25 (0005 GMT Dec. 26.)
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