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Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

* Flight Controllers Test Robot Arm; Crew Prepares for Progress Undocking*
As the International Space Station orbited the Earth in good shape 
Thursday, U.S. flight controllers conducted a test with the orbital 
outpost's robot arm. The operation's objective was to test the ability 
of flight controllers to control the robot arm, Canadarm2, without 
assistance from the crew. The test was successful.

The Expedition 10 crew -- Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer 
Salizhan Sharipov -- continued preparations for the departure of the 
unpiloted ISS Progress 16 cargo ship. Chiao and Sharipov completed their 
task of loading trash onto the cargo ship. They also removed needed 
equipment from the Progress. The hatches between the Station and 
Progress are to be closed Friday.

Progress 16 is slated to undock from the aft end of the Zvezda Service 
Module at 10:07 a.m. CST (1607 GMT) Sunday. After leaving the Space 
Station, the Progress will orbit the Earth for 10 days before 
re-entering Earth's atmosphere to burn up harmlessly over the Pacific Ocean.

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

International Space Station Status Report No. 8 

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