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ISS STATUS REPORT 05-3



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

*International Space Station Status Report #05-3*
*4 p.m. CST, Friday, Jan. 21, 2005*
*Expedition 10 Crew*

Space Station crewmembers marked their 100th day in space Friday, ending
a workweek focused on preparations for their first spacewalk, planned
for Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Expedition 10 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Leroy Chiao and
Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov are scheduled to leave the Pirs
Docking Compartment airlock at 1:25 a.m. CST. Most of their spacewalk
tasks involve outfitting the outside of the Zvezda Service Module.

They will install a work platform, mount a robotics experiment, check
vents on systems that help control the Stationís atmosphere and install
a scientific experiment.

After completing the work outside Zvezda, they will move back to Pirs.
There, outside the docking compartment, they will install an experiment
that examines the impact of spaceflight on microorganisms. They are
expected to re-enter Pirs and close the hatch about 7 a.m.

Sharipov and Chiao completed one spacewalk prerequisite Friday morning.
Both did the required cardiovascular evaluation exercise using one of
the Stationís bicycle-like devices. They also did leak, valve and
pressure checks on their Orlan spacesuits and the Orlan interface units
in Pirs, completed suit communications checks and did a review of the
spacewalk plan with flight controllers in Moscow.

Spacewalk activity earlier in the week included spacesuit battery
charging beginning Tuesday, as well as preparation of spacewalk hardware
and tools that day. They spent three hours staging equipment and tools
on Wednesday, and on Thursday they activated and tested the suits.

Both suits will have red stripes. Chiao will be distinguishable by the
U.S. flag on his shoulder.

The spacewalk will be broadcast live on NASA Television, beginning at
midnight. CST Jan. 26. Coverage will continue through the end of the
spacewalk.

In other activities during the past week, flight controllers on Jan. 15
raised the Stationís altitude by about 5.5 statute miles in a 20-minute
reboost using engines of the ISS Progress 16 cargo craft docked at the
rear of Zvezda. That was done to put the Station in the proper orbit for
the arrival of ISS Progress 17 spacecraft, scheduled for launch Feb. 28
and docking March 2.

For much of the week, flight controllers conducted vibration and current
tests on one of the 600-pound control moment gyros (CMGs) that control
the orientation of the Station in space. The CMGs normally operate at
6,600 rpms, but can be operated at 15 other speeds. The test involved
running CMG 2 at each of those speeds for four hours.

The CMGs use solar power. Three of the four on board are functioning,
though the Stationís attitude could be controlled with two. The CMG
which failed in mid-2002 is to be replaced on the next Shuttle mission.

For more on NASA, the crew's activities aboard the Space Station, future
launch dates and Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the
Earth, visit:

www.nasa.gov

The next International Space Station Status report will be issued
Wednesday, Jan. 26, after the spacewalk or earlier if events warrant.

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