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ISS Module launch tonight.



Mir / ISS status report

July 11, 2000

Launch of next ISS module Tonight July 12, 2000 at 04:56 UTC time (12:56
am Boston time)

By Miles Mann WF1F,
MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division)

The third module of the ISS will be launched on July 12 from the
Baikonur Cosomodrome in Kazakhstan.  After this module successfully
docks, there will be a sufficient number of ISS modules to allow a full
time crew to move in, later this November.  The service module is now
called Zvezda (Star in Russian).  This module is of great interest to
the Amateur Radio community because it is the module with the four (4)
antenna port feed-through connections.  And this is the module where
most of the Amateur Radio equipment will be located.

For more information about the modules current in flight, please read
the NASA link below:

Nasa Tracking of ISS
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/index.html

Module overview
http://www.shuttlepresskit.com/ISS_OVR/assembly2_overview.htm

Time-Line:
Here is a NASA link for the proposed time line.  
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/assembly/flights/chron.html

Visible:
The ISS modules will be visible in the morning sky over North America.
(please check your tracking program for times for your location).  From
July 13 - 25 you will be able to see the Zvezda module chasing the ISS
modules.  Each day the modules will get closer.  Then on the last day
the ISS module will dock with the Zvezda module.

Question:
Does anyone know if NASA will carry the docking on the web?


Copyright 2000 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
freely distributed via the following means - Email (including
listservers), Usenet, and World-Wide-Web.  It may not be reproduced for
profit including, but not limited to, CD ROMs, books, and/or other
commercial outlets without prior written consent from the author. 
Images received from the MAREX-NA SSTV system on the Russian Space
Station Mir are considered public domain and may be freely distributed,
without prior permission.

DOSVIDANIYA Miles WF1F
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