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ISS STATUS REPORT #02-28



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #02-28 
5:30 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 26, 2002 
Expedition Five Crew 

A Russian Progress resupply craft was successfully launched today from
the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to bring fuel, supplies and
equipment to the International Space Station. 

The Progress 8 spacecraft lifted off on a Soyuz rocket at 12:37 a.m. CDT.
About nine minutes later its solar rays and navigational antennas
deployed in response to preprogrammed commands, and the umpiloted cargo
carrier was safely in orbit. 

Progress 8 is scheduled to dock with the space station early Saturday,
where Expedition 5 crewmembers, Commander Valery Korzun, Astronaut Peggy
Whitson and Cosmonaut Sergei Treschev, will begin unloading its cargo.
The Progress can carry about 7,000 pounds into orbit, including fuel for
the Zvezda Service Module's attitude control thrusters. 

A series of rendezvous burns by the Progress 8 engines over the next
three days will result in its docking to the aft port of the Zvezda
Service Module at about 1:25 a.m. CDT Saturday over Central Asia. That
port was vacated Tuesday when the Progress 7 was undocked with its load
of trash and deorbited to a fiery destruction in the 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 Saturday, June 29, after the
docking of Progress 8, or sooner if events warrant. 

-END- 



 


 

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