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ISS STATUS REPORT #28A



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC



International Space Station Status Report #03-28 
7 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 11, 2003 
Expedition Seven Crew

An unmanned Russian resupply craft successfully docked to the
International Space Station this morning, delivering more than two tons
of food, fuel, water, supplies and scientific gear to the Expedition 7
crew aboard the complex. 

The Progress 11 vehicle automatically linked up to the Pirs Docking
Compartment attached to the Zvezda Service Module over Central Asia at
6:15 a.m. Central time (1115 GMT) three days after its launch from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As the Progress neared Pirs for
docking, Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science
Officer Ed Lu were in Zvezda, monitoring its approach. At the time of
contact and capture, the ISS was flying over Central Asia at an altitude
of 240 statute miles. After conducting leak checks to insure a tight
seal between the Progress and the ISS, Malenchenko and Lu will open the
hatch to the ship and begin to unload its cargo. 

Stowed in the Progress are replacement parts for environmental systems
in both the U.S. and Russian segments of the Station, office supplies,
two tanks of potable water, and some clothing items for the two
crewmembers. Also aboard the Progress are two experiment kits for
European Space Agency cosmonaut Pedro Duque, who will launch in October
on the Soyuz TMA-3 vehicle with the Expedition 8 crew for about a week's
worth of scientific research on the ISS under a contract between ESA and
the Russian Aviation and Space Agency. Duque will return to Earth with
Malenchenko and Lu in the Soyuz TMA-2 vehicle currently docked to the
Station. 

The arrival of the new Progress puts three Russian vehicles at the ISS.
Docked to the aft port of Zvezda is the Progress 10 resupply craft that
arrived at the Station on February 4, and docked to the Zarya Module is
the Soyuz TMA-2 vehicle that brought Malenchenko and Lu to the ISS on
April 28. 

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://scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov/ 

The next ISS status report will be issued on Friday, June 13, or
earlier, if events warrant. 



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