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*International Space Station Status Report #05-64*
*9 a.m. CST, Friday, Dec. 30, 2005*
*Expedition 12 Crew*

Midway through their six-month flight, the two men aboard the 
International Space Station celebrated a quiet Christmas this week and 
looked forward to a similar New Years' Day.

Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev spent 
Christmas Day talking with friends, family and coworkers as they ate a 
festive meal of Russian soup, bread, fish and other fare. They opened 
gifts that had arrived Dec. 23 aboard the station's most recent cargo 
shipment. The presents included a Russian Santa Claus matryoshka doll, 
chocolates and other items. The crew had a day off Monday, Dec. 26 in 
observance of Christmas, and they also will have Monday, Jan. 2 off duty 
to observe New Years'. They plan to celebrate New Years' with another 
Russian meal from among the spacecraft's supplies.

The station operated well during the week with no systems problems noted 
by the crew or flight controllers. The crew's activities included 
logging their food intake and collecting urine samples as part of a 
medical study to better understand ways to prevent the formation of 
kidney stones in weightlessness. The crew also began unloading almost 
three tons of equipment and supplies brought to the station aboard the 
ISS Progress 20 cargo ship.

The station's Elektron oxygen generation system was intentionally shut 
down and oxygen from the older Progress craft, Progress 19 that is still 
docked to the station, is being used to replenish the complex's cabin 
atmosphere. McArthur and Tokarev had several special linkups in 
observance of the holidays, including a conversation with the Russian 
Grandfather Frost and a press conference with media at the Russian 
Mission Control Center in Korolev.

Information on the crew's activities aboard the space station, future 
launch dates, as well as station sighting opportunities from anywhere on 
the Earth, is available on the Internet at:


The next station status report will be issued on Friday, Jan. 6, or 
earlier if events warrant.
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