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Subject: ISS Status Report #44

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Report #44 
1 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 29, 2002 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

An unmanned Russian resupply craft successfully docked to the
International Space Station Sunday, bringing almost a ton of food, fuel
and supplies to the residents on board, and for the next trio of space
travelers, which will arrive on the ISS in November.
The Progress 9 vehicle linked up to the aft docking port of the Zvezda
Service Module of the ISS at 12:01 p.m. Central time (1701 GMT) as the
two spacecraft flew over Central Asia after a four-day flight following
its launch Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The
automated docking went off without a hitch as Expedition 5 Commander
Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson, and Flight
Engineer Sergei Treschev viewed the arrival of the new capsule from
inside Zvezda. A few minutes later, hooks and latches closed between the
two vehicles to form an airtight seal.
Korzun was prepared to take over manual control of the Progress for the
docking in the event its automated rendezvous system did not work, but
the linkup was executed flawlessly.
The crew was scheduled to open hatches between Zvezda and Progress this
afternoon and will begin unloading supplies from the craft on Monday.
Some of the supplies include clothing and personal items for the
Expedition Six crew – Commander Ken Bowersox and Flight Engineers Nikolai
Budarin and Don Pettit – who will be launched aboard Endeavour on the
STS-113 mission in November to replace Korzun, Whitson and Treschev
following the completion of their 5 ½ month mission.
The older Progress 8 vehicle, which arrived at the ISS in June and which
was undocked on Tuesday, remains in orbit a safe distance away from the
station, spending another 10 days aloft to enable Russian flight
controllers to document smog and smoke over northeastern Russia through
its cameras.
The Progress docking clears the way for the launch of Atlantis on the
STS-112 mission Wednesday to deliver the 14-ton Starboard 1 (S1) Truss to
the station. A Wednesday launch would result in Atlantis’ docking to the
ISS Friday. Commander Jeff Ashby, Pilot Pam Melroy and Mission
Specialists Dave Wolf, Sandy Magnus, Piers Sellers and Fyodor Yurchikhin
are in the final stages of their prelaunch preparations.
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 as part of the STS-112 status
reports once Atlantis launches, or sooner, if developments warrant.


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