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*International Space Station Status Report #05-49*
*3 p.m. CDT, Friday, Oct. 7, 2005*
*Expedition 11 Crew*

Following the docking of the Soyuz spacecraft early Monday morning, the 
space station is now home to a new crew. Expedition 12 Commander Bill 
McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, joined by spaceflight 
participant Gregory Olsen, spent the week on board with the Expedition 
11 crew performing handover and transfer activities.

McArthur, Tokarev and Olsen arrived at the space station at 12:27 a.m. 
CDT Monday, Oct. 3, and entered the orbital laboratory at 3:36 a.m. For 
McArthur and Tokarev, the station will serve as home for the next six 

The crews began joint activities with safety briefings and a review of 
emergency escape procedures. The remainder of the first day together for 
the two crews included initial handover briefings, deactivation of the 
Soyuz spacecraft and drying and stowage of the Russian Sokol spacesuits 
worn during launch.

Handover activities continued throughout the week. On Tuesday, 
Expedition 11 Flight Engineer John Phillips and McArthur reviewed 
robotic arm software that provides graphical depictions of the stationís 
exterior to aid in arm operations. The following day, the two performed 
several maneuvers using the Canadarm2 to acquaint the new crew with how 
the robotic arm behaves in the space environment.

The crews also conducted experiments. The studies included the 
Intercellular Interactions experiment, a Russian study of the effect of 
microgravity on cell surfaces and intercellular interactions, and an 
experiment that studies the process of genetic material transmission in 
bacteria. Other experiment work included a study of the growth and 
development of higher plants in space, a study of changes in the human 
cardiovascular system in orbit and an investigation designed to help 
researchers understand the effect of radiation exposure on human organs.

The crews also fielded questions from media during a news conference and 
several interviews and received a special phone call from Russian Prime 
Minister Mikhail Fradkov. Fradkov congratulated the crews on their work 
and discussed his country's commitment to the international space 
station program.

Also this week, the crews installed radiation monitors and temperature 
sensor switching units, inspected U.S. emergency power supplies and 
smoke detectors, and replaced a laptop computer.

The crews will have some brief off-duty time this weekend, but will 
focus on completing handover and preparations for Expedition 11's return 
home. Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and Phillips are scheduled 
to undock from the station at 4:43 p.m. CDT and land at 8:09 p.m. CDT on 
Monday in Kazakhstan.

NASA Television coverage of the crew's farewells will begin at 1 p.m. 
CDT Monday as they say their goodbyes and close the hatches between the 
station and the Soyuz spacecraft. NASA TV coverage of the undocking will 
begin at 4 p.m. CDT. Coverage of the deorbit burn will begin at 6:45 
p.m. and continue through landing. The deorbit burn is scheduled for 
7:19 p.m.

For continental North America, NASA TV is carried on an MPEG-2 digital 
signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, 
transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in 
Alaska and Hawaii on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite 
AMC-7, transponder 18C, 137 degrees west longitude, 4060 MHz, vertical 
polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver 
Decoder is required for reception. For information about NASA TV, 
including digital down link information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 
The next ISS status report will be issued on Monday, Oct. 10, following 
the Soyuz landing, or earlier if events warrant.

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