Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 Jun 2004

By SpaceRef Editor
June 6, 2004
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 Jun 2004

All ISS systems continue to function nominally except those noted previously.  Off-duty day for the crew.  Ahead: Week 6 of Expedition 9. 

CDR Gennady Padalka checked up on the automatic completion of the charging of 825M3 Orlan backpack batteries for the upcoming spacewalk.  He then tore down and stowed the ZU-S charger gear.

Padalka also conducted the routine inspection of the Service Module’s SOZh life support system, with weekly data collection of toilet flush counter readings, inspection of the SP urine collection and pretreat assembly, and SVO water supply status counter readings, all for calldown to TsUP/Moscow.

FE/SO Michael Fincke performed the daily leak check on the Lab window pressure test equipment.

Moving into the Soyuz TMA-4 crew return vehicle for the periodic onboard systems monitoring, Gennady recorded routine spacecraft parameter readings on standard Form 03 for subsequent downlink to TsUP/Moscow.  (Last time done: 5/8).

The crew worked out on TVIS treadmill and RED exerciser, in accord with their daily 2.5-hr. physical exercise protocol.

Fincke held another private family conference (PFC) via S-band/audio and Ku-band/NetMeeting video.

Today’s optional CEO (Crew Earth Observations) photo targets, limited in XPOP attitude by flight rule constraints on the use of the science window, which is available for only ~1/4 of each orbit when not facing forward (in “ram”), were Lake Nasser, Egypt (nadir pass close to the dam wall.  Although the crew has acquired the Toshka imagery for this increment, the ground still needs detailed images of Aswan lake levels since these determine the fate of the Toshka lakes), Baghdad, Iraq (looking right for the city center), Aral Sea (the ground still needs a few images to complete Increment 9 coverage of this site.  The dust plumes starting from the central, polluted island were most impressive in recent images), Internal waves, Aegean Sea (looking right towards the glint point as it passes from Crete to the coast of Turkey), Internal waves, Florida (looking right towards the glint point as it passes from Crete to the coast of Turkey), Detroit, MI (nadir pass), and Los Angeles, CA (good obliques of the LA basin, looking right. Nearer nadir views for the urban study [westernmost suburbs, Ventura region] were requested).

CEO images can be viewed at the websites.

See also the website “Space Station Challenge” at

ISS Orbit  (as of this morning, 8:20am EDT [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 362.4 km
  • Apogee — 366.2 km
  • Perigee — 358.6 km
  • Period — 91.8 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) —  51.6331 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.0005629
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.69
  • Mean altitude loss in last 24 hours — 100 m
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. ’98)  — 31664

For more on ISS orbit and worldwide ISS naked-eye visibility dates/times, see

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