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*International Space Station Status Report #05-46*
*9 a.m. CDT Friday, Sept. 30, 2005*
*Expedition 11 Crew*

Preparations for arrival of the next crew of the space station, 
scientific activities and maintenance highlighted this week's activities 
aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA Science Officer John 
Phillips also spent some time packing up for their own return home, 
readying their launch and entry suits. They checked out the Soyuz 
spacecraft that brought them to the station April 16 to make sure it is 
ready to take them back to Earth.

The 12th crew of the station, Commander and NASA Science Officer William 
McArthur and Valery Tokarev, flight engineer and Soyuz commander, are 
scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan tonight 
at about 10:55 p.m. CDT. NASA Television coverage of the launch will 
begin at 10 p.m.

The new crew is scheduled to dock with the station a little after 12:30 
a.m. on Monday. NASA Television coverage of the docking will begin at 
11p.m. Sunday.

With the Expedition 12 crew will be spaceflight participant Gregory 
Olsen, an American businessman traveling to the station under a contract 
with the Russian Federal Space Agency. He will spend about eight days on 
the station and return to Earth with Krikalev and Phillips. Their 
landing is scheduled for about 8:10 p.m. CDT Oct. 10 on the steppes of 

Thursday managers at Mission Control Moscow said launch preparations 
were moving along flawlessly. Managers at Mission Control Houston said 
the station was ready to receive the new crew.

McArthur and Tokarev will spend the eight days they will share with 
their predecessors aboard the station in intensive handover briefings, 
learning about the spacecraft's systems, processes, procedures, 
scientific experiments, the location of equipment and supplies. In 
short, they will be trying to learn all they still need to know before 
they begin their months in orbit alone.

Krikalev and Phillips began the week with NASA flight controllers in 
Moscow exercising primary mission control. Mission Control Houston and 
the rest of Johnson Space Center were closed because of the threat of 
Hurricane Rita. Houston flight controllers resumed normal operations at 
9 a.m. Monday.

On Tuesday Krikalev and Phillips each spent more than an hour 
familiarizing themselves with Olsen's scientific experiments. On 
Wednesday they continued preparations for arrival of the new crew, and 
on Thursday did predocking tests and more preparation for their own 
departure. Phillips regenerated METOX carbon dioxide absorbing 
cartridges for U.S. spacesuits. McArthur and Tokarev have a spacewalk 
scheduled in those suits in November.

Today's schedule includes maintenance of the Elektron oxygen generating 
system, functioning again after Krikalev replaced its liquids unit two 
weeks ago.

For information on the crew's activities aboard the station, future 
launch dates, and station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the 
Earth, visit:


The next station status report will be issued this evening, after the 
Expedition 12 launch.

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