SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT #47
An unmanned Russian Progress resupply vehicle successfully docked to the International Space Station this afternoon, carrying food, fuel and supplies for the next residents of the orbital outpost.
The Progress 6 craft, which launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Monday, gently docked to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module over Central Asia at 1:43 p.m. CST, completing a two-day automated flight.
On board the station, Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin monitored the docking, and prepared for the opening of the hatch between Zvezda and Progress later today.
The Progress is carrying more than a ton of food, fuel and equipment for the Expedition Four crew, Russian Commander Yury Onufrienko and U.S. Astronauts Dan Bursch and Carl Walz, who are scheduled to be launched aboard the shuttle Endeavour tomorrow night on the STS-108 mission to relieve the Expedition Three crew, which has been in orbit since August. They will be ferried to the ISS by Endeavour Commander Dom Gorie, Pilot Mark Kelly and Mission Specialists Linda Godwin and Dan Tani. Launch from the Kennedy Space Center is scheduled for 6:41 p.m. CST.
With systems operating
normally, the station is orbiting at an average altitude of 247 statute
miles (397 km). For the latest information on launch dates and times,
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experiments continue to be a focus of crew science activities as the
crew prepares for its return home. Autonomous microgravity materials
research continued to accumulate scientific experiment run time hours
in a variety of disciplines. Overall coordination of the research is
the responsibility of the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Human Research Facility
is managed by the Johnson Space Center. Details on station science operations can be found on the Web at:
The next ISS status report will be combined in regularly scheduled STS-108 mission status reports throughout the flight.
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