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EXP 10 STATUS - 14 MARCH 2005



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

* Space Station Crew Completes Busy Workweek 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2005/iss05-13.html>*
Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan 
Sharipov were busy last week aboard the International Space Station.

They unloaded items that arrived aboard the ISS Progress 17 spacecraft 
on March 2. The Progress delivered 4,631 pounds (2,100 kilograms) of 
cargo, including food, supplies, fuel, oxygen, air and water. It also 
delivered cameras and lenses that will be used to photograph the thermal 
protection tiles of Space Shuttle Discovery as the Return to Flight 
mission approaches the Station in May or June. Chiao and Sharipov are 
keeping track of the transferred items with the Station Inventory 
Management System.

Chiao and Sharipov set up tools and cameras on Thursday for this week's 
repair work in the Quest Airlock. Their task this week is to install a 
new heat exchanger in Quest, which should allow resumption of U.S. 
spacewalks from the orbiting laboratory.

Also last week, Chiao got behind the controls of the Robotic Work 
Station and moved the Station's robotic arm into the desired position 
for Expedition 10's second spacewalk. The excursion is slated to take 
place March 28.

On the science front, the crew participated in the Advanced Diagnostic 
Ultrasound in Microgravity (ADUM) experiment. In addition to studying 
the ability of astronauts in space to conduct exams using this onboard 
medical device, the experiment may have widespread applications in 
emergency and rural health care on Earth.

The Elektron oxygen-generation system operated intermittently during the 
last week and shut down late Friday. Sharipov will troubleshoot the 
system this week in an effort to bring it back online. Oxygen content of 
the Station's atmosphere remains normal. Adequate oxygen supplies are 
onboard.
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