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ISS STATUS REPORT #04-67



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

*International Space Station Status Report #04-67*
*3 p.m. CST, Friday, Dec. 17, 2004*
*Expedition 10 Crew*

The Expedition 10 crew made ready for the Christmas arrival of an 
unpiloted resupply spacecraft this week while continuing research and 
maintenance activities aboard the International Space Station.

Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, a third of 
the way through their planned six-month mission, put the Station’s 
58-foot robotic arm through its paces. They also installed cables and a 
switching unit for the docking system that will guide the European Space 
Agency-provided Automated Transfer Vehicle to docking when it makes its 
maiden voyage next year.

Research activities focused on bone and abdominal scans for the Advanced 
Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity experiment, which is evaluating 
the ability of crewmembers with minimal medical training to work with 
doctors on the ground and diagnose medical problems.

Chiao and Sharipov inventoried gear and loaded the ISS Progress 15 cargo 
vehicle with trash and unneeded equipment for disposal when that craft 
is jettisoned. At 1:34 p.m. CST Wednesday, a day before the launch of 
the next cargo ship, Progress 15 will be released from the rear of the 
Zvezda Service Module to clear that docking port. It will be commanded 
to deorbit and burn up in Earth's atmosphere.

Preparations for the launch of the ISS Progress 16 resupply ship are on 
schedule at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Progress 16 is 
scheduled for liftoff at 4:19 p.m. CST Dec. 23, carrying 2.5 tons of 
food, fuel, clothing and Christmas gifts. The cargo ship is scheduled to 
dock with the Station at about 6:04 p.m. CST Christmas Day.

Due to the length of the crew's day on Dec. 25, the hatch to the 
Progress will not be opened until the next morning, when they will begin 
to unload their Christmas cargo.

Maintenance activities this week included turning off the Russian oxygen 
generation system so that remaining oxygen in the Progress 15 tanks 
could be used, preventive work on the Zvezda Service Module’s 
ventilation system and charging the batteries of the heart defibrillator 
that would be used in the event of a medical emergency.

To prepare for the Space Shuttle’s return-to-flight mission, STS-114, 
Chiao and Sharipov conducted the first full inventory of the Quest 
airlock module since Expedition 4. The top-to-bottom inspection was 
designed to account for all spacesuit components, tools and support 
equipment that will be needed for the three spacewalks planned during 
STS-114/LF-1. The full review will allow the Shuttle and Station 
programs to update cargo manifests with additional items if needed.

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

The next ISS status report will be issued Thursday, Dec. 23 after the 
launch of the ISS Progress 16 cargo ship, or sooner if events warrant.

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