International Space Station Status Report #02-43
A fresh resupply vehicle – Progress 9 – is on its way to the International Space Station following launch at 12:58 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Following a four-day rendezvous, the 15,000-pound spacecraft will automatically dock to the Zvezda Service Module’s aft docking port at 1:07 p.m. EDT Sunday. NASA TV will cover the docking beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
Expedition 5 Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson, and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev have spent the early part of the week preparing for the departure of the Progress 8 vehicle and the arrival of the next, and worked with science experiments in the U.S. Laboratory Destiny.
Also, the crew continues preparations for the arrival of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the STS-112 crew scheduled for launch between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. EDT on Oct. 2 by pre-packing items to be brought home upon Atlantis’ departure.
After the Progress 8 spacecraft – loaded with trash and unneeded equipment – was undocked Tuesday, it was parked a safe distance from the station where it will remain for about two weeks while Russian flight controllers use its cameras to document smog and smoke over northeastern Russia.
The STS-112 mission will deliver the Starboard 1 (S1) Truss to the station, with final connections being conducted during three spacewalks by shuttle crewmembers. The Expedition Five crew devoted some of its attention this week to preparing the station’s Airlock Quest for those spacewalks.
Also, in preparation for the arrival of the station’s newest component, Whitson will practice with the Canadarm2 Thursday, moving the robotic arm through the same tasks it will see during the installation of the S1 Truss.
As science activity, station maintenance and crew medical and health activities continued, Korzun, Whitson and Treschev took part in two educational events with school children in Iowa and in Japan.
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The next ISS status report will be issued Sunday, following the Progress 9 docking, or sooner if events warrant.
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