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24 June 2005

International Space Station Status Report

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The International Space Station crew spent much of the week unpacking and using supplies from the newly docked Progress cargo craft.

The crew members also began preparing the Station for a visit by the Space Shuttle on its Return to Flight mission that is targeted to launch in a window that opens in less than three weeks. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev completed integrating the systems of a new Progress supply ship into those of the Russian section of Space Station. Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips also unpacked portions of the more than two tons of supplies on the cargo craft. The craft docked to the Station Saturday evening.

Along with food, fuel, clothing and new hardware, the Progress contained about 80 days worth of oxygen in tanks and solid fuel oxygen generators, plus supplies for further repair efforts on the Elektron oxygen generation system. The Elektron, one of multiple sources of oxygen available on the Station, derives oxygen from water. The system has been inoperable for a few months.

This week, Krikalev installed a new supply of electrolyte in the Elektron

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