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EXP 10 STatus - 30 december 2004



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

Station Crew Closes Out Year With Cargo Transfers; Ready to Bring in New 
Year
Cargo transfers have dominated the Expedition 10 crewmembers' final 
workweek of 2004 aboard the International Space Station. Commander Leroy 
Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov began unloading the 2.5 tons 
(2,268 kilograms) of cargo from the ISS Progress 16 spacecraft that 
arrived Christmas Day. The Progress' cargo included propellant, oxygen, 
water, spare parts and experiment hardware. It also delivered holiday 
presents and about a 112-day supply of food for the crew.

In other activities during the week, the crew conducted routine 
maintenance on ISS systems and oversaw science operations.

Since the Space Station uses Greenwich Mean Time, Chiao and Sharipov 
will officially enter the new year at 0000 GMT Saturday, which is 6 p.m. 
CST Friday in Houston. They will begin 2005 with a day off and only 
routine light duty tasks planned.

Space Station Delivery Gives Students Holiday Cheer
Students from across the country received an extra dose of holiday cheer 
this past weekend with the successful delivery of their experiment 
samples to the International Space Station.

Twenty tiny experiment samples were delivered to the Station on December 
25 aboard a Russian Progress supply ship. The experiment samples are 
from 11 schools and organizations representing students in elementary 
through high school. Eight of these schools and organizations also flew 
experiments on the Space Shuttle Columbia’s last mission in 2003.

The schools and organizations participating in the experiments are:

# Central Park Middle School, Scotia, New York
# J.M. Bailey School, Bayonne, New Jersey
# The Mott Hall School, New York, New York
# American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
# Shoshone-Bannack High School, Pocatello, Idaho
# Bishop Borgess High School, Dearborne Heights, Michigan
# Ogdensburg Public School, Ogdensburg, New Jersey
# East Norriton Middle School, Norristown, Pennsylvania
# Shady Side Elementary School, West River, Maryland
# Columbus High School, Columbus, Georgia
# Walkersville Christian Family School, Stockton, Maryland

The students are flying a variety of materials and seeds in 20 clear 
vials with lids. Each vial is wrapped in two vacuum bags that were then 
placed in the Student Experiment Module Satchel carrier. The experiments 
were compact enough that they took up very little room in the Progress 
spacecraft, which carried crucial supplies to the Expedition 10 crew, 
Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov.

The experiment samples will be returned to Earth on a future Space 
Shuttle flight. After receiving the space-flown samples, the students 
will be able to compare them to ground samples.

For information about NASA education flight programs on the Internet visit:

http://education.nasa.gov/divisions/flightprojoffice/overview/index.html
For information about NASA education programs on the Internet visit:

http://education.nasa.gov
For information about NASA and agency programs on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov
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