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NASA HSF News Digest V1 #29



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 15:26:13 -0600 (CST)

2002
Report # 16 
 4 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 21, 2002 
 Expedition 4 Crew 
 
 An unpiloted Russian Progress resupply craft was successfully launched
today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to bring food, fuel and
supplies to the residents on board the International Space Station.

The Progress 7 spacecraft lifted off on a Soyuz booster rocket at 2:13
p.m. CST (2013 GMT) and less than 10 minutes later safely settled into
orbit. Automatic programmed commands enabled its solar arrays and
navigational antennas to deploy. At the time of launch, the ISS and the
Expedition Four crew, Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl
Walz and Dan Bursch, were traveling over Africa out of the line of sight
of the launch itself.

A series of rendezvous burns from the new Progress’ engines over the next
three days will result in a docking by the craft to the aft port of the
Zvezda Service Module on Sunday at 2:55 p.m. CST (2055 GMT) over Central
Asia. That port was vacated on Tuesday when the previous Progress
resupply vehicle undocked and was deorbited to a destructive re-entry
back into Earth’s atmosphere.

Information on the crew’s activities aboard the space station, future
launch dates, as well as station sighting opportunities from anywhere on
the Earth, is available on the Internet at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov

Details on station science operations can be found on an Internet site
administered by the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., at:

http://www.scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov

The next ISS status report will be issued March 24 following the docking
of the Progress 7 resupply vehicle, or sooner, if developments warrant.

- -END-


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