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Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

* ISS Crew Observes Russian Holiday*
Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan 
Sharipov received a break from their busy work schedule Wednesday as 
they observed Russian Defenders Day aboard the International Space Station.

With the departure of the ISS Progress 16 cargo ship from the Station 
set for Sunday, oxygen from the Progress continued to be used to repress 
the Station's atmosphere Wednesday. The transfer of oxygen is reducing 
the Progress to the desired mass for undocking.

Progress 16, which will be filled with unneeded items from the Station, 
is slated to undock from the aft end of the Zvezda Service Module at 
10:05 a.m. CST (1605 GMT) Sunday. After leaving the Space Station, the 
Progress will be commanded to burn up harmlessly in Earth's atmosphere.

A new cargo ship, Progress 17, will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in 
Kazakhstan on Monday and arrive at the Station on March 2.

International Space Station Status Report No. 8 

*Expedition 10 Mission Status Briefing Materials* 
*(Feb. 17, 2005)
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