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ISS Crew Ready for “Albert Einstein”

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Crew Ready for “Albert Einstein,” Preps for Spacewalk

The six-member Expedition 36 crew is waiting for supplies from a new resupply craft launched June 5 from Kourou, French Guiana. Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4), nicknamed “Albert Einstein,” is due to arrive at the International Space Station this Saturday at 9:46 a.m. EDT.

Flight Engineers Alexander Misurkin and Luca Parmitano spent Thursday morning practicing rendezvous procedures and abort scenarios for the ATV-4 cargo craft. Ground controllers are reviewing imagery of the Zvezda docking port for possible damage to reflectors that could prevent Saturday’s docking of the “Albert Einstein.”

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Crew Relaxes Before “Albert Einstein” Arrives

Two NASA astronauts and one ESA astronaut were off-duty Friday relaxing before Saturday morning’s arrival of Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4). Launched last week, the “Albert Einstein” is refining its path to the International Space Station, firing its rendezvous engines before docking to the Zvezda service module at 9:46 a.m. ET.

Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg will photograph and videotape the arrival of the ATV-4. Flight Engineers Luca Parmitano and Alexander Misurkin will monitor its approach ready for rendezvous procedures or abort scenarios. Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy will join Nyberg and Parmitano after the ATV-4 docks to begin cargo transfers.

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