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Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:05 PM

Crew Relocating Soyuz

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Image above: This view of the International Space Station, backdropped
against a blue and white Earth, was taken shortly after the Space Shuttle
Atlantis undocked from the orbital outpost on Sept. 17.
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The Expedition 14 crew members have boarded their Soyuz spacecraft docked at the rear of the Zvezda living quarters module today to prepare for a short move. With Soyuz Commander Tyurin at the controls, they undocked from the Zvezda port at 3:14 p.m. EDT and will redock to the Earth-facing Zarya module port around 3:39 p.m. This will free the Zvezda's docking port for the arrival of a new Russian Progress cargo spacecraft later this month. Live coverage is available on NASA TV

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One of the station's four Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs) used to maintain the stationís orientation in space was shut down this morning after exceeding the allowed vibration limit. Only three CMGs are needed to properly maintain the station's orientation. Ground controllers will monitor the CMG and perform additional diagnostic testing.


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Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:34 PM

Crew Relocating Soyuz

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Image above: The Soyuz spacecraft, piloted by Mikhail Tyurin, appears
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The Expedition 14 crew members have boarded their Soyuz spacecraft docked at the rear of the Zvezda living quarters module today to prepare for a short move. With Soyuz Commander Tyurin at the controls, they undocked from the Zvezda port at 3:14 p.m. EDT and will redock to the Earth-facing Zarya module port around 3:39 p.m. This will free the Zvezda's docking port for the arrival of a new Russian Progress cargo spacecraft later this month. Live coverage is available on NASA TV

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One of the station's four Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs) used to maintain the stationís orientation in space was shut down this morning after exceeding the allowed vibration limit. Only three CMGs are needed to properly maintain the station's orientation. Ground controllers will monitor the CMG and perform additional diagnostic testing.


Source: NASA - Space Station

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:49 PM

Crew Relocates Soyuz Spacecraft

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Image above: The Soyuz spacecraft, piloted by Mikhail Tyurin, appears
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The Expedition 14 crew members boarded their Soyuz spacecraft Tuesday for a short move. With Soyuz Commander Tyurin at the controls, they undocked from the Zvezda port at 3:14 p.m. EDT and redocked to the Earth-facing Zarya module port at 3:34 p.m. This relocation frees the Zvezda's docking port for the arrival of a new Russian Progress cargo spacecraft later this month.

One of the station's four Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs) used to maintain the stationís orientation in space was shut down early Tuesday after exceeding the allowed vibration limit. Only three CMGs are needed to properly maintain the station's orientation. Ground controllers will monitor the CMG and perform additional diagnostic testing.


Source: NASA - Space Station

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 03:00 PM

NASA Revives Original Mission Control for Growing Space Station

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RELEASE: J06-098

NASA Revives Original Mission Control for Growing Space Station


International Space Station flight controllers have a new home with increased technical capabilities, more workspace and a long, distinguished history.

As NASA embarks on a series of space flights as complex as any in history to complete assembly of the station, station operations facilities needed an upgrade. The previous station control room, designated the Blue Flight Control Room, had been in operation since the first station component was launched in 1998. The newly remodeled facility is just down the hall at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. Known as Flight Control Room 1, it was first used to control a space flight 38 years ago today, the mission of Apollo 7 launched Oct. 11, 1968. It was one of two original control rooms for NASA's manned missions.

Among historic flights the room controlled during its previous use were missions to America's first space station, Skylab, in the 1970s, and the first space shuttle mission, STS-1, in April 1981. Fittingly, the last full flight controlled from the room was the first time a shuttle visited a space station, the STS-71 mission to the Russian Mir station in June 1995. Following that, shuttle flight control transitioned to a new room, and the last service in FCR-1 was control of the ascent to orbit only of space shuttle mission STS-76 in March 1996. Since then, the room has been a science center.

After nine months of remodeling, including changes to existing hardware to minimize expenses, the station team moved in on Oct. 6. They now staff the room around the clock and will continue to do so throughout the life of the station. The relocation was coordinated by Lead Station Flight Director John McCullough. A team of employees from across Johnson completed the renovations and systems testing on a tight schedule with no interruption of critical station operations. Today, that team gathered in FCR-1 for a ribbon cutting to commemorate the project's completion.

At the ceremony, the team was joined by Johnson Director Mike Coats, Mission Operations Director Allen Flynt and Mission Operations Deputy Director Milt Heflin. Former Johnson Director and Project Mercury Flight Director Christopher Kraft, who is credited with developing NASA's original concepts of human space flight control, was a special guest.

The old room had about 16 consoles for flight control disciplines, such as space station electrical and environmental systems. Several disciplines had to share consoles depending on station activities under way.

"When we were doing complex operations, such as spacewalks, launches or rendezvous and dockings, we had to relocate to the larger shuttle flight control room or use back rooms," said McCullough. "In that configuration the team didn't have the best possible situational awareness of what was going on."

The new room has 20 consoles and more space for safety and comfort. Its existing consoles and individual monitors were updated. Where the old room had only two front screens, the new facility has three large front screens to display information for the entire team and mounted high definition television cameras.

To ensure a smooth transition, the station team has had temporary quarters in the Shuttle Flight Control Room since the last shuttle mission was completed in September. The temporary quarters allowed equipment to be moved and full check out of the new facility without interference to ongoing station expeditions.

The walls of the new room reflect its long history, with 61 mission plaques displayed from flights supported there. New plaques will be added now for each mission the station team supports as the room again makes history.

"I like to hearken back to the Apollo operations and think that the ghosts from that time are still in the room," said Chief Flight Director Phil Engelauf of the new station flight control room. "The symbolism is not lost on the new generation of flight controllers working there."

The first new plaque to be added will be for shuttle mission STS-116, targeted to launch in December. Video of the remodeling work, the operational room and ribbon cutting ceremony will air as a NASA TV Video File beginning tomorrow. Video of the room in operation also is available as part of NASA TV's daily station coverage. For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and digital downlink information visit:

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Source: NASA/JSC press release J06-098

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 03:01 PM

Station Flight Controllers Give Old Room New Life

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Images above: The above photos show the flight control room known as
FCR-1 as it appeared back in 1968, and as it debuts this week as the main
center for flight control of the International Space Station.
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International Space Station flight controllers are now operating from the new mission control room. The new station room was first commissioned as one of two flight control rooms at Johnson Space Center in 1965. It has been updated to increase technical capabilities and available workspace for the station team as they embark on a series of tasks as complex as any in the history of human spaceflight.

Station flight controllers relocated on Friday to the new control room, which has 20 consoles, liquid crystal displays, three giant display screens and more space in general for safety and comfort.

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On Tuesday, the Expedition 14 crew members boarded their Soyuz spacecraft for a short move. With Soyuz Commander Tyurin at the controls, they undocked from the Zvezda port at 3:14 p.m. EDT and redocked to the Earth-facing Zarya module port at 3:34 p.m. This relocation frees the Zvezda's docking port for the arrival of a new Russian Progress cargo spacecraft later this month.


Source: NASA - Space Station

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 01:15 AM

Crew Performs Maintenance, Takes a Ride

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Images above: Expedition 14 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria uses
a computer in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station.
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The Expedition 14 crew performed maintenance and experiments and went for a short ride outside their orbital home this week.

On Tuesday, the Expedition 14 crew members boarded their Soyuz spacecraft for a short move. With Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin at the controls, they undocked from the Zvezda port at 3:14 p.m. EDT and redocked to the Earth-facing Zarya module port at 3:34 p.m. This relocation frees the Zvezda's docking port for the arrival of a new Russian Progress cargo spacecraft later this month.

One of the station's four Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs) used to maintain the station's orientation in space was shut down early Tuesday after exceeding the allowed vibration limit. Flight controllers are evaluating future plans for the CMG and any changes that might be needed to assembly operations during the next shuttle mission, STS-116, as a result.

After completion of leak checks between the ISS Progress 22 spacecraft and the Pirs docking compartment on Thursday, the crew opened the hatch to the Progress on Friday and moved some unneeded items into the docked cargo craft. The Progress will be undocked from the station later this year to burn up during re-entry into the atmosphere.


Source: NASA - Space Station

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 10:22 PM

Expedition 14 Continues Experiments, Training and Testing

The Expedition 14 crew members continue scientific experiments, routine maintenance and training on crew medical procedures. On Wednesday they will conduct a test of the Space Video Gateway hardware to be used in November for the first HDTV interactive downlinks with the Discovery Channel and NHK.

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Image above: Michael E. Lopez-Alegria,
Expedition 14 commander and NASA
science officer, exercises on the Cycle
Ergometer.
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One of the station's four Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs) used to maintain the station's orientation in space was shut down last week after exceeding the allowed vibration limit. Engineers tested the problematic CMG Monday to gather performance data and conduct diagnostic checks. An initial review of the available data indicated no vibration events. Engineers continue analyzing the data to determine troubleshooting plans.


Source: NASA - Space Station

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 09:53 PM

NASA Announces New International Space Station Crew

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Oct 18, 2006
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RELEASE: 06-337

NASA Announces New International Space Station Crew


NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have named two astronauts and two cosmonauts to the next International Space Station crew, known as Expedition 15. Astronauts Clayton C. Anderson and Daniel M. Tani will travel to the station next year and work as flight engineers. Cosmonauts Fyodor N. Yurchikhin and Dr. Oleg V. Kotov will spend six months aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Anderson will get a ride to the station aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 mission, targeted for launch in June 2007. He will return to Earth on shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-120. That flight will carry his replacement, Tani, to the station. Tani will return on shuttle mission STS-122, targeted for October 2007.

Yurchikhin will command Expedition 15, and Kotov will serve as station flight engineer and Soyuz commander. Yurchikhin and Kotov will fly to the complex aboard a Soyuz spacecraft scheduled to launch in March 2007. Until Anderson arrives, astronaut Sunita L. Williams will serve as Expedition 15's third crew member and flight engineer. She will fly to the station on STS-116 in December.

A native of Nebraska, Anderson was selected as an astronaut in 1998 following a technical career in mission operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. He managed the Emergency Operations Center at Johnson for several years before becoming an astronaut. He has a bachelor's degree from Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., and a master's from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

A native of Illinois, Tani has a bachelor's and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. He was selected as an astronaut in 1996. Tani's first spaceflight was aboard Endeavour in December 2001 on the STS-108 mission. During that flight, he performed a four-hour spacewalk.

Yurchikhin previously visited the space station aboard Atlantis on STS-112 in 2002. He is qualified as a mechanical engineer and has a doctorate in economics. Before he was selected as a cosmonaut, Yurchikhin served as a Russian flight controller and lead engineer for several missions.

Kotov was selected as a cosmonaut in 1996 and has trained for Soyuz, Mir and space station missions. He is a graduate of the Kirov Medical Academy in Russia.

The Expedition 15 backup crew is astronaut Gregory E. Chamitoff for Anderson; Sandra H. Magnus for Tani; Russian cosmonauts Roman Y. Romanenko and Mikhail B. Kornienko for Yurchikhin and Kotov.

Video of the Expedition 15 crew members will air on NASA TV's Video File. For NASA TV downlink, streaming video and scheduling information, visit:


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Source: NASA Press Release 06-337

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 09:57 PM

Expedition 14 Crew Tests the HDTV Space Video Gateway

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Image above: the International Space Station against the blackness of
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On Wednesday the crew conducted a test of the Space Video Gateway to be used in November for the first HDTV interactive downlinks with the Discovery Channel and NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai). The hardware was provided by NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency for temporary installation on the space station.

Launch of the ISS Progress 23 cargo craft is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 23, at 9:41 a.m. EDT and docking on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 10:28 a.m. EDT. The cargo consists of propellants, oxygen, food, crew provisions and maintenance gear. Water will not be delivered this time. High-priority items include Elektron parts, research payloads and EVA equipment.

One of the station's four Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs) used to maintain the station's orientation in space was shut down last week after exceeding the allowed vibration limit. Engineers tested the problematic CMG Monday to gather performance data and conduct diagnostic checks. An initial review of the available data indicated no vibration events. Engineers continue analyzing the data to determine troubleshooting plans.

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have named two astronauts and two cosmonauts to the next International Space Station crew, known as Expedition 15. Astronauts Clayton C. Anderson and Daniel M. Tani will travel to the station next year and work as flight engineers. Cosmonauts Fyodor N. Yurchikhin and Dr. Oleg V. Kotov will spend six months aboard the orbiting laboratory.


Source: NASA - Space Station

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 07:07 PM

New Progress to Launch to Space Station

A new Progress is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station at 9:41 EDT Monday with almost 2.5 tons of fuel, oxygen, other supplies and equipment aboard.

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Image above: The ISS Progress 22 cargo spacecraft as
it approaches the Pirs docking compartment.
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The station's 23rd Progress unpiloted cargo carrier will bring to the orbiting laboratory more than 1,900 pounds of propellant, about 110 pounds of oxygen, and 2,784 pounds of dry cargo.

P23 will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It is scheduled to reach the station after a flight of just over three days. Docking is to be on Oct. 26 at 10:28 a.m.

The spacecraft will use the automated Kurs system to dock at the aft port of the Zvezda service module. Expedition 14 flight engineer Mikhail Tyurin will stand by at the manual Toru docking system controls, should his intervention become necessary.

Expedition 14 crew members, Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter of Germany, cleared the P23 docking port on Oct. 10. They boarded their Soyuz TMA spacecraft and moved it from Zvezda's aft port to the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module.

P23's sister cargo carrier and predecessor at the station, ISS Progress 22, remains at the Pirs docking compartment. It is scheduled to be undocked after it is emptied and subsequently filled with station discards. It will be deorbited with its load of trash and burn in the Earth's atmosphere on re-entry.

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Image above: The ISS Progress 22 cargo spacecraft as
it approaches the Pirs docking compartment.
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After its unloading P22 was used as a storage area for a while. Many items brought to the station aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-121 in July eventually found a temporary home there until crew members could unload and place them in more permanent places.


The Progress is similar in appearance and some design elements to the Soyuz spacecraft, which brings crew members to the station, serves as a lifeboat while they are there and returns them to Earth. The aft module, the instrumentation and propulsion module, is nearly identical.

But the second of the three Progress sections is a refueling module, and the third, uppermost as the Progress sits on the launch pad, is a cargo module. On the Soyuz, the descent module, where the crew is seated on launch and which returns them to Earth, is the middle module and the third is called the orbital module.


Source: NASA - Station - Expeditions

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 03:51 AM

Expedition 14 Awaits New Cargo Craft

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Image above: Astronauts Michael E. Lopez-Alegria (right) and Thomas
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Launch of the ISS Progress 23 cargo craft is on schedule for Monday, Oct. 23, at 9:41 a.m. EDT with docking on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 10:28 a.m. High-priority items include the delivery of Elektron parts, research payloads and Extravehicular Activity equipment.

On Friday, Commander Lopez-Alegria replaced equipment in the Carbon Dioxide Removal System, which is used to remove impurities from the station atmosphere. Only one of its two systems has been operating due to particulate matter clogging an air valve. Also the NASA science officer, Lopez-Alegria collected samples for the Nutrition Experiment, the most comprehensive in-flight study conducted by NASA to date of human physiologic changes during long-duration spaceflight.

Flight Engineer Thomas Reiter began Analysis of a Novel Sensory Mechanism in Root Phototropism, or TROPI experiment. This study will increase the understanding of the different systems plants use to determine what direction their roots and shoots should grow, and which genes are responsible for successful plant growth.

Engineers continue analyzing the Control Moment Gyroscope (CMG) test data to determine troubleshooting plans for CMG-3 which was shut down earlier this month due to high vibrations.

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have named two astronauts and two cosmonauts to the next International Space Station crew, known as Expedition 15. Astronauts Clayton Anderson and Daniel Tani will travel to the station next year and work as flight engineers. Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Dr. Oleg Kotov will spend six months aboard the orbiting laboratory.


Source: NASA - Space Station

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 05:07 PM

New Cargo Craft Launches from Kazakhstan

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Image above: Astronauts Michael E. Lopez-Alegria (right) and Thomas
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The ISS Progress 23 cargo craft launched on schedule Monday, Oct. 23, at 9:41 a.m. EDT. Docking is planned for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10:28 a.m. High-priority items include the delivery of Elektron parts, research payloads and Extravehicular Activity equipment.

Last week, Commander Lopez-Alegria replaced equipment in the Carbon Dioxide Removal System, which is used to remove impurities from the station atmosphere. Only one of its two systems has been operating due to particulate matter clogging an air valve. Also the NASA science officer, Lopez-Alegria collected samples for the Nutrition Experiment, the most comprehensive in-flight study conducted by NASA to date of human physiologic changes during long-duration spaceflight.

Flight Engineer Thomas Reiter began Analysis of a Novel Sensory Mechanism in Root Phototropism, or TROPI experiment. This study will increase the understanding of the different systems plants use to determine what direction their roots and shoots should grow, and which genes are responsible for successful plant growth.

Engineers continue analyzing the Control Moment Gyroscope (CMG) test data to determine troubleshooting plans for CMG-3 which was shut down earlier this month due to high vibrations.

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have named two astronauts and two cosmonauts to the next International Space Station crew, known as Expedition 15. Astronauts Clayton Anderson and Daniel Tani will travel to the station next year and work as flight engineers. Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Dr. Oleg Kotov will spend six months aboard the orbiting laboratory.


Source: NASA - Space Station

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 05:09 PM

Progress Launches to Space Station

A new Progress launched to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:41 a.m. EDT Monday with almost 2.5 tons of fuel, oxygen, other supplies and equipment aboard.

The station's 23rd Progress unpiloted cargo carrier will bring to the orbiting laboratory more than 1,900 pounds of propellant, about 110 pounds of oxygen, and 2,784 pounds of dry cargo.

P23 is scheduled to reach the station after a flight of just over three days. Docking is to be on Oct. 26 at 10:28 a.m.

The spacecraft will use the automated Kurs system to dock at the aft port of the Zvezda service module. Expedition 14 flight engineer Mikhail Tyurin will stand by at the manual Toru docking system controls, should his intervention become necessary.

Expedition 14 crew members, Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter of Germany, cleared the P23 docking port on Oct. 10. They boarded their Soyuz TMA spacecraft and moved it from Zvezda's aft port to the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module.

P23's sister cargo carrier and predecessor at the station, ISS Progress 22, remains at the Pirs docking compartment. It is scheduled to be undocked after it is emptied and subsequently filled with station discards. It will be deorbited with its load of trash and burn in the Earth's atmosphere on re-entry.

After its unloading P22 was used as a storage area for a while. Many items brought to the station aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-121 in July eventually found a temporary home there until crew members could unload and place them in more permanent places.

The Progress is similar in appearance and some design elements to the Soyuz spacecraft, which brings crew members to the station, serves as a lifeboat while they are there and returns them to Earth. The aft module, the instrumentation and propulsion module, is nearly identical.

But the second of the three Progress sections is a refueling module, and the third, uppermost as the Progress sits on the launch pad, is a cargo module. On the Soyuz, the descent module, where the crew is seated on launch and which returns them to Earth, is the middle module and the third is called the orbital module.


Source: NASA - Space Station - Expeditions

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 11:33 PM

PRESS-RELEASE
about the launch of transport cargo vehicle Progress M-58
to the International Space Station


October 23, 2006. Baikonur cosmodrome.

Progress M-58 transport cargo vehicle was launched to the International Space Station from the launch pad #1 of Baikonur launch site at 17:41:35 Moscow summer time.
The launch is aimed at delivering cargo to the ISS, which is required to continue the station manned operation, support crew living and working conditions, and re-supply the engine tanks with propellant.
The vehicle carries about 2.4 tones of various cargo, including scientific hardware and equipment to perform onboard activities under the Russian and foreign partnersí programs.
The vehicle was injected into a reference near-earth orbit with the following parameters: inclination of 51.65į, minimum altitude of 195,0 km, maximum altitude of 256,0 km, revolution of 88.7min. All vehicle onboard systems operate nominally.
During the launch the Baikonur launch site was attended by representatives of the Federal Space Agency, NASA, S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, allied space industry companies and organizations participating in the manufacturing, processing and launch of the vehicle.
Based on the telemetry information and reports made by the ISS Expedition 14 crew: ISS Ė14 commander Michael Lopez-Alegria (NASA), ISS-14 flight engineer Mikhail Turin (S.P.Korolev RSC Energia) and flight specialist Thomas Reiter (ESA), all station onboard systems operate as designed.
The Orbital Complex is ready for docking with the cargo vehicle, which is slated on October 26, 2006.

For reference: Progress M-58 flight is the 24th flight in the frame of the ISS program and the 114th flight beginning from the operation of Progress vehicles (1978).


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Source: S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Press Release


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Posted 25 October 2006 - 09:34 PM

Progress 23 on Track for Thursday Docking

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Image above: A Progress 22 cargo craft prepares to automatically
dock with the International Space Station on June 26, 2006.
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After a successful launch Monday morning from Kazakhstan, the Progress 23 cargo craft is on track for a Thursday docking with the International Space Station at 10:28 a.m. EDT. The unpiloted cargo carrier is carrying supplies, equipment, propellant and oxygen.

Though the Progress 23 is programmed for an automatic docking, Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin is prepared to manually dock the cargo carrier in the unlikely event it should be necessary.

Meanwhile, Expedition 14 continues maintenance activities, science experiments and its daily exercise routine.

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have named two astronauts and two cosmonauts to the next International Space Station crew, known as Expedition 15. Astronauts Clayton Anderson and Daniel Tani will travel to the station next year and work as flight engineers. Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Dr. Oleg Kotov will spend six months aboard the orbiting laboratory


Source: NASA - Space Station

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