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ISS STATUS REPORT #05-51



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*International Space Station Status Report #05-51*
*8 a.m. CDT Friday, October 14, 2005*
*Expedition 11 Crew*

Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev 
are spending their first few days alone on the international space 
station following the safe return home of their predecessors Monday.

McArthur and Tokarev, veterans of shorter space shuttle flights, began 
familiarizing themselves with the nuances of a longer on orbit life. 
While becoming acquainted with their new microgravity home and 
laboratory, they did some routine maintenance work, exercised and 
conducted early experiment work. The crew also reviewed emergency 
procedures for departing the station, swapped a battery in the Zarya 
module and rearranged some stowage items in the Unity connecting node.

During McArthur and Tokarev's six months in orbit, they expect to 
perform at least two spacewalks, the first in early November. Before 
that, they will relocate their Soyuz spacecraft from the Russian Pirs 
docking port so it can be used for the spacewalks. In December, the 
Expedition 12 crew members expect to oversee the arrival of a new supply 
ship, the 20th Progress vehicle.

This week, McArthur set up a camera for a session of the Earth Knowledge 
Acquired by Middle School Students, or EarthKAM experiment. Using the 
Internet, students can control the special digital camera mounted on the 
space station to photograph coastlines, mountain ranges and other 
geographic items of interest. Thousands of students from 119 schools 
around the world are participating in the 20th session of this NASA 
education program. The photographs are posted at:

http://www.earthkam.ucsd.edu

The payload operations team at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in 
Alabama coordinates U.S. science activities on space station. For 
information on the crew's activities aboard the station, future launch 
dates, and station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, 
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

The next ISS status report will be issued Friday, Oct. 21, or earlier if 
events warrant.

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