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Expedition Six Crew - Report #03-5

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-5 
9:30 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 4, 2003 
Expedition Six Crew

A Russian Progress 10 resupply craft successfully docked to the
International Space Station today, two days after it was launched from
the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 

The cargo ship linked up to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at
8:49 a.m. CST (1449 GMT) following a flawless automated approach to the
complex. The Progress is carrying a ton of food, fuel and supplies for
the Expedition 6 crew on board the ISS. At the time of docking, the ISS
was flying 240 statute miles over central Asia. 

Expedition 6 Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and
NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit monitored the docking of the Progress
from inside the station in their 73rd day in space, their 71st day on
board the orbital outpost. 

The station crewmembers planned to open the hatch between Zvezda and the
Progress around 1:00 p.m. CST (1900 GMT) following leak checks between
the two craft, but its supplies will not be unloaded until Wednesday
morning. The successful arrival of the Progress assures that the three
station residents will have plenty of supplies to continue their mission
until late June or early July, if required. 

Among the supplies in the new Progress are 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
Wednesday. 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. 

Bowersox, Budarin and Pettit will pay a private tribute on orbit today to
Columbia’s astronauts. Station flight controllers will radio to the crew
an audio feed from the memorial ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in
Houston, TX, which is being attended by President Bush and Mrs. Bush, and
NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe. 

Information on the crew's activities aboard the space station 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 as developments warrant.

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