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ISS STATUS REPORT #05-43 - 8 SEPT. 2005



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*International Space Station Status Report #05-43*
*9:00 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 8, 2005*
*Expedition 11 Crew*

A new shipment of supplies is on its way to the International Space 
Station. The ISS Progress 19 resupply vehicle lifted off today from its 
launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 8:08 a.m. CDT 
(7:08 p.m. Baikonur time). Less than 10 minutes later, the cargo ship 
reached orbit, and its solar arrays and navigational antennas were 
deployed for its two-day trip to the orbital outpost.

At the time of the Progress launch, Expedition 11 Commander Sergei 
Krikalev and Flight Engineer and NASA Flight Engineer and Science 
Officer John Phillips were flying 220 statute miles over the south 
Pacific Ocean.

Carrying more than 2 ½ tons of food, water, fuel, clothing, spare parts 
and other supplies, the new Progress is scheduled to automatically dock 
to the Station’s Zvezda Service Module on Saturday at 9:50 a.m. CDT( 
1450 utc). The craft will also deliver a new water circulation device 
called a “liquids unit” for the Station’s Elektron oxygen-generating 
system that has been inoperative for months. The new unit will be 
installed late next week to try to bring Elektron back into service.

Nearing the end of their fifth month in space, Krikalev and Phillips 
completed packing the old ISS Progress 18 supply ship with items no 
longer needed on the Station and closed its hatch Tuesday. The unpiloted 
cargo craft undocked from the Zvezda module’s aft port at 5:26 a.m. CDT 
Wednesday. The Progress and its contents were commanded to deorbit and 
burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific.

Also this week, Krikalev and Phillips replaced parts inside their 
treadmill exercise machine that is mounted in Zvezda. New components 
were delivered aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in late July for a 
routine upgrade of the system. After two days of maintenance work, 
Phillips activated the treadmill machine and is testing it today. He 
reported that it is operating normally and is available for daily use by 
the crew.

For more on the crew's activities aboard the Station and opportunities 
to see the Station fly overhead from anywhere on the Earth, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

The next Station status report will be issued on Saturday, Sept. 10, 
after the Progress docking, or earlier, if events warrant.

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