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ISS STATUS REPORT #03-40



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC


An unmanned Russian Progress vehicle successfully undocked from the
International Space Station today, heading for a plunge into the Earth's
atmosphere with discarded items from the orbital complex.

The Progress 10 craft, which arrived at the Station in early February,
departed from the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 5:48 p.m. CDT
(2248 GMT) after hooks holding the Progress to Zvezda had been commanded
to unlatch. As the Progress undocked, the ISS was flying 240 statute
miles over eastern China. The Progress was filled with items no longer
needed on the Station and trash. The Progress will automatically fire
its engines later this evening to drop out of orbit and will burn up in
the atmosphere.

Aboard the ISS, Expedition 7 NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu was asleep
at the time of undocking, but ISS Commander Yuri Malenchenko was allowed
by flight controllers to remain awake to monitor the autonomous
operation. 

The departure of Progress 10 sets the stage for tomorrow's scheduled
launch of a new Progress resupply ship to the ISS. Progress 12 is due to
liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Thursday at 8:48 p.m.
CDT (148 GMT Aug. 29). It will dock to the Zvezda aft port on Saturday
night at 10:45 p.m. CDT (345 GMT Aug. 31).

The new Progress will carry a half ton of food, fuel, supplies and water
for Malenchenko and Lu and science gear for European Space Agency
astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain, who is scheduled to launch October 18
from Baikonur on the Soyuz TMA-3 craft with Expedition 8 Commander Mike
Foale and Expedition 8 Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Alexander
Kaleri. Duque will spend eight days aboard the ISS conducting science
experiments under a commercial contract between ESA and the Russian
Aviation and Space Agency. Duque will return to Earth on Oct. 28 with
Malenchenko and Lu.

The new Progress is also filled with personal items and hardware for
Foale and Kaleri, who are scheduled to spend almost 200 days aboard the
ISS.

Another Progress vehicle currently docked to the Pirs Docking
Compartment will undock from the ISS on September 4 to clear the way for
the arrival of Foale, Kaleri and Duque in the Soyuz TMA-3 on October 20.

Information on the crew's continuing activities on the Space Station,
future launch dates and Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on
Earth is available 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 tomorrow night after the
Progress 12 launch, or sooner if events warrant.


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