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ISS SCIENCE STATUS REPORT #SS05-058



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

December 16, 2005

Katherine Trinidad 
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-3749 

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
Phone: (281) 483-5111 

STATUS REPORT: SS05-058

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS05-058

This week the crew focused on preparing for the arrival of a holiday 
shipment of fuel, food, water, spare parts and gifts. A Progress 
spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 
1:38 p.m. EST, Dec. 21. The 20th supply ship to visit the station 
will arrive at the Pirs docking compartment Dec. 23 at 2:54 p.m. EST. 


Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery 
Tokarev brushed up on operating a backup, manual docking system in 
case the standard automated one fails. The Progress will deliver 
3,097 pounds of food, clothing, experiment hardware, spare parts and 
gifts; 1,940 pounds of propellant; 463 pounds of water; 183 pounds of 
oxygen and air. The Progress docked to the station will remain for 
several months along with the new craft.

The crew also performed biomedical experiments to study the impact of 
long-duration missions in space. Maintenance work this week included 
upgrading software on equipment racks in the Destiny laboratory; 
restoring the air conditioner in the crew health care system to full 
operation; and reactivating an air monitoring system.

McArthur completed refresher training with the station's 
Canadian-built robotic arm. He also videotaped a lesson on how 
station crews recycle supplies. The video demonstrates basic 
scientific principles and will be part of NASA educational products 
made available to schools across the country.

For information about crew activities, future launch dates and station 
sighting opportunities on the Web, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/station 

	
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