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For release: 08-17-04, w/e 08-11-04
Science Ops status report #: 04-215

International Space Station Expedition 9 Science Operations status report for the week ending August 11, 2004

Photo description: Hurricane Charley

Imagery of tropical storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley taken by the Expedition 9 crew and the external video camera system on the International Space Station were shown on nationwide television. Crew Earth Observation requests are sent to the crew containing daily photo opportunities over various areas of the Earth. So far, the crew has taken more than 10,000 photographs during Expedition 9 for researchers worldwide.

Photo: Hurricane Charley (NASA/JSC)

Imagery of tropical storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley taken by the Expedition 9 crew and the external video camera system on the Space Station were shown on nationwide television. Crew Earth Observations began onboard the Space Station in November 2000 to record Earth surface changes over time, as well as more fleeting events such as storms, floods, fires and volcanic eruptions. Requests are sent to the crew containing daily photo opportunities over various areas of the Earth. So far, the crew has taken more than 10,000 photographs during Expedition 9 for researchers worldwide.

The crew conducted another session with the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity (ADUM) experiment. NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke set up the equipment, after which he and Commander Gennady Padalka performed the ultrasound bone scans on each other by taking turns as operator and subject. The bone scans were taken of the subject's knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder, monitored remotely from the ground, and videotaped and photographed for downlink. Other ultrasound scans of the chest area were conducted on a different day.

The crew completed two days of the in-flight diet logging sessions for the Effect of Prolonged Space Flight on Human Skeletal Muscle (BIOPSY) experiment. BIOPSY investigates the reductions in limb muscle size, force and power at the cellular level that are caused by microgravity. Crewmembers are recording their food consumption for the experiment and biopsies were taken from their calf and foot-flexing muscles before launch. Similar biopsies will be taken again immediately when they return to Earth.

NASA's payload operations team at the Marshall Center coordinates science activities on Space Station.

For supporting materials for this news release — such as photographs, fact sheets, video and audio files and more — please visit the NASA Marshall Center Newsroom Web site at:

http:// www.msfc.nasa.gov/news/

For more information:
Status report
Photos
Expedition 9 experiment fact sheets
Science Ops News


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