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International Space Station Status Report #43

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC    

Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 12:55:52 -0500 (CDT)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov

Report #43 
1 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 25, 2002 
Expedition 5 Crew 

A fresh resupply vehicle – Progress 9 – is on its way to the
International Space Station following launch at 12:58 p.m. Eastern Time
Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  Following a
four-day rendezvous, the 15,000-pound spacecraft will automatically dock
to the Zvezda Service Module’s aft docking port at 1:07 p.m. EDT Sunday. 
NASA TV will cover the docking beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
Expedition 5 Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy
Whitson, and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev have spent the early part of
the week preparing for the departure of the Progress 8 vehicle and the
arrival of the next, and worked with science experiments in the U.S.
Laboratory Destiny.
Also, the crew continues preparations for the arrival of Space Shuttle
Atlantis and the STS-112 crew scheduled for launch between 2 p.m. and 6
p.m. EDT on Oct. 2 by pre-packing items to be brought home upon Atlantis’
After the Progress 8 spacecraft – loaded with trash and unneeded
equipment – was undocked Tuesday, it was parked a safe distance from the
station where it will remain for about two weeks while Russian flight
controllers use its cameras to document smog and smoke over northeastern
The STS-112 mission will deliver the Starboard 1 (S1) Truss to the
station, with final connections being conducted during three spacewalks
by shuttle crewmembers.  The Expedition Five crew devoted some of its
attention this week to preparing the station’s Airlock Quest for those
Also, in preparation for the arrival of the station’s newest component,
Whitson will practice with the Canadarm2 Thursday, moving the robotic arm
through the same tasks it will see during the installation of the S1
As science activity, station maintenance and crew medical and health
activities continued, Korzun, Whitson and Treschev took part in two
educational events with school children in Iowa and in Japan.
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:
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:
The next ISS status report will be issued Sunday, following the Progress
9 docking, or sooner if events warrant.
- -END-

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