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Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

*International Space Station Status Report #05-5*
*4 p.m. CST, Friday, Jan. 28, 2005*
*Expedition 10 Crew*

The International Space Station crew completed another eventful week, 
highlighted by its first spacewalk.

Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan 
Sharipov did a spacewalk dry run on Monday, putting on their Russian 
spacesuits, checking pressures and data streams and then removing the 
suits. Tuesday they reconfigured Station systems for automated 
operations in preparation for the spacewalk. The hatches in the U.S. 
segment were also closed to isolate each module. Cameras were set up for 
ground controllers to monitor the interior.

Sharipov and Chiao stepped outside at 1:43 a.m. CST Wednesday. They 
completed their planned tasks in 5 hours and 28 minutes and returned to 
the Pirs Docking Compartment. They closed its hatch at 7:11 a.m. CST. 
Primary tasks of the spacewalk included installing a small German 
robotic experiment and associated cabling and an antenna. They also 
installed scientific experiments and inspected and took pictures for 
later downlink of environmental control system vents, looking for any 
contamination that could cause irregular operation.

With their first successful spacewalk of the mission under their belt, 
Chiao and Sharipov worked the rest of the week on setting up for normal 
operations. Thursday and Friday saw the crew reconfiguring the Station 
systems, storing spacesuits and tools, and enjoying some off-duty time.

The next spacewalk for Chiao and Sharipov is scheduled for March 25. 
They will install the final pieces necessary on the outside of the 
Station for the arrival of Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), an 
unpiloted cargo carrier, later this year.

The crew will have the usual light-duty weekend with cleaning and 
exercise on tap. Chiao, who is the NASA ISS Science Officer, can also 
choose from various research activities for his optional Saturday 
Morning Science session.

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:


The next International Space Station Status report will be issued on 
Friday, Feb. 4, or earlier if events warrant.

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