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EXP 11 STATUS - 9 MAY 2005

Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

     Expedition 11 Shifts into Gear

Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev exercises on a cycle ergometer 
aboard the Space Station At the close of their third week in space, the 
crewmembers of the International Space Station are quickly becoming 
accustomed to their new orbiting home, as they tackle a variety of 
maintenance tasks and scientific experiments.

Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev spent some time working on the 
malfunctioning Elektron oxygen-generating system on Thursday, but it 
failed almost immediately, prompting additional troubleshooting on 
Friday. In the meantime, oxygen is being supplied as needed from tanks 
in the Progress cargo ship, one of several oxygen supplies available.

On Friday, Flight Engineer and NASA ISS Science Officer John Phillips 
performed some maintenance on a treadmill that had stopped working. 
While engineers on the ground analyze the data downlinked by Phillips 
and track down the problem, the crew will use resistive exercise 
equipment and the stationary bike to fulfill the 2 1/2 hour daily 
regimen of required exercise.

Earlier in the week, the crew participated in an ongoing scientific 
study aimed at reducing the formation of kidney stones. The crew also 
attended to other routine maintenance tasks and packed items to be 
returned to Earth on the Space Shuttle Discovery.
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