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.
Photo credit: NASA.
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
Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 10 October 2006 - 07:23 PM.