Administrator O'Keefe's Corner
Six months ago, International Space Station Expedition 9
crewmembers Mike Fincke and Gennady Padalka began a mission devoted in many ways to our new Vision for Space Exploration
Image left: NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
While onboard the Station, they repaired an Extravehicular Mobility Unit, thus demonstrating how crews on long missions can work around problems even in the absence of resupply.
Another Expedition 9 accomplishment resulted from the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Micro-G experiment. Using Ultrasound to scan their shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles, Mike and Gennady were able to quickly and remotely transmit medical data to the ground.
This application may also find benefits on Earth, allowing for much quicker injury diagnosis for patients at remote locations by doctors based at hospitals. I'm delighted that the work of Mike and Gennady, along with Principal Investigator Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, will be highlighted in the journal "Radiology." This is the first scientific paper ever successfully submitted from space.
The torch of exploration is now in the hands of our Expedition 10
crew, Astronaut Leroy Chiao and Cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov. Highlights of the new crew's mission include two spacewalks to continue outfitting of the Zvezda Service Module, preparation for the Return to Flight of the Space Shuttle and continued experimentation in medicine, human life sciences, biotechnology, and Earth observation.
In November, the Space Station marks four consecutive years
of human occupancy. This remarkable facility continues to serve as a platform to demonstrate advanced technology and the operational techniques that must be mastered before we continue with our next exploratory steps in space.