The Expedition 1 crew began its second day in orbit after a 6:30 p.m. CST wakeup by a timing device aboard their Soyuz spacecraft as they continued to close the distance separating them from the International Space Station.
The crew went to sleep at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, about seven hours after their 1:53 a.m. central time launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. During their third and fourth orbits, the crew completed two phasing burns to adjust the Soyuz's course for its rendezvous with the International Space Station, scheduled for 3:24 a.m. on Thursday.
One of the first duties for the Expedition 1 crew's second day in space involved taking uplinked data from flight controllers in Moscow for the third rendezvous burn, scheduled for 2:48 a.m. on Wednesday. Soyuz is about half the Earth's circumference behind the ISS, but gaining with each orbit.
Also on the space station schedule today is undocking of the Progress cargo spacecraft docked to the Zvezda module of the ISS. The Expedition 1 Soyuz will use that docking port when it arrives at the station early Thursday. Flight controllers in Houston worked with Moscow counterparts on uplink of the undocking commands. The Progress, filled with refuse put there by crews of the last two shuttle missions to visit the station, will undock at 10:02 p.m. CST today, and shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday will be commanded into a trajectory that will cause it to burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.
The crew's communication with flight controllers in Moscow and Houston was limited to passes over Russian ground stations early in Expedition 1's second day in orbit. The first communication of the crew's second day in orbit occurred about an hour and 45 minutes after wakeup.
In Houston, flight control teams in Houston have activated life support systems and air purification units on board the space station to prepare it for the Expedition 1 crew's arrival for their almost-four-month stay. They also will support the Progress undocking.
Coverage of the Expedition One crew's voyage to the International Space Station will continue on NASA TV and through live video streaming on the internet at spaceflight.nasa.gov.
Systems aboard the Soyuz and the space station remain in good condition. The next status report will be issued about 8 a.m. Wednesday, or as events warrant.
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