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EXP 10 STATUS - 24 MARCH 2005



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

*Expedition 10 Tests Spacesuits for Monday's Spacewalk
*With the March 28 spacewalk 
<http://www.nasa.gov/vision/space/workinginspace/exp10_eva2_advancer.html> 
just a few days away, the crewmembers of Expedition 10 successfully 
conducted a dry run test of their spacesuits Thursday, ensuring that all 
components of the Russian Orlan spacesuits are functioning properly.

To prepare for the dry run, Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer 
Salizhan Sharipov tore down and removed the air ducts between the 
Service Module Transfer Compartment and the Pirs Docking Compartment and 
Airlock. After checking out the equipment and interface units, Chiao and 
Sharipov donned their spacesuits, closed the hatch to Pirs and initiated 
a partial depress of the compartment to check for any leaks in the suits.

While the compartment was depressurized to 5.9 psi, the crew tested the 
fit and functionality of the suits. Afterwards, Chiao and Sharipov 
performed translation and mobility exercises. Upon the successful 
completion of the dry run, the crew and support personnel on the ground 
will use the results to ensure proper fit and comfort for the suits 
during Monday's spacewalk.

The remainder of the crew's day consisted of post-training clean-up 
activities and the reinstallation of the air duct to Pirs.

The Expedition 10 crew's spacewalk is scheduled to begin Monday at 12:25 
a.m. CST (0625 GMT). Live coverage will be available on NASA TV 
<http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/> beginning at 11:00 p.m. CST 
Sunday (0500 GMT Monday).

International Space Station Status Report 14 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2005/iss05-14.html> 
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