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International Space Station Status Report #03-4

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-4 
8 a.m. CST, Sunday, February 2, 2003 
Expedition Six Crew

A Russian Progress 10 resupply craft lifted off today from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying supplies and new scientific systems
hardware to the International Space Station. 

The cargo ship was launched on time at 6:59 a.m. CST (1259 GMT) and
successfully reached orbit nine minutes later with its solar arrays and
navigational antennas fully deployed. The Progress is due to dock to the
aft port of the Zvezda Service Module on the ISS Tuesday at around 8:50
a.m. CST (1450 GMT). 

The stage was set for today’s launch of the new resupply ship through
Saturday’s undocking of the older Progress 9 craft, which reached the ISS
last June. A few hours after its undocking, the Progress 9 was commanded
to deorbit, and burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere. 

Awaiting the arrival of the Progress, Expedition 6 Commander Ken
Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer
Don Pettit spent a quiet day in orbit, their 71st day in space, and their
69th day aboard the ISS. They were informed of the loss of Columbia and
its crew yesterday about an hour after the Shuttle broke up 16 minutes
before its scheduled landing. 

The new Progress 10 is loaded with a ton of supplies for the Expedition 6
crew, most notably, replacement parts for the Microgravity Science
Glovebox in the Destiny laboratory, which experienced a power failure
back in November and has been dormant during Expedition 6. Pettit plans
to install the new parts and test the Glovebox as soon as the Progress
vehicle is unloaded. If it works, the Glovebox will be used to support
all of the experiments planned for this Expedition before the crew
returns to Earth in March. 

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 station status report will be issued on Tuesday following the
Progress 10 docking, or earlier, if events warrant. 

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