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EXP 10 STATUS - 5 JANUARY 2005



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

* Elektron Troubleshooting Continues on Space Station*
The Expedition 10 crew's timeline was cleared today to enable them to 
devote their time to further troubleshooting of the Elektron 
oxygen-generation system in the Zvezda Service Module, which stopped 
operating on New Year's Day.

Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov conducted checks of the system's test 
panel, then spent several hours purging air from the plumbing lines and 
flushing the lines with clean water. Gas bubbles that were trapped in 
the lines dissipated somewhat, but never completely disappeared. 
Attempts to reactivate the system were unsuccessful, and additional 
troubleshooting is planned for Thursday.

In the meantime, the crew is not affected by the Elektron failure with 
ample oxygen in the cabin atmosphere and more than four months worth of 
reserve oxygen supplies on board.
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