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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-41 
9:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 28, 2003 
Expedition 7 Crew

An unmanned Russian Progress vehicle successfully blasted off from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan tonight to deliver almost three tons
of food, fuel, water, and supplies to the residents of the International
Space Station. 

The Progress 12 craft lifted off right on time from its Central Asian
launch pad at 8:48 p.m. CDT (148 GMT Aug. 29) as the ISS sailed over the
south Atlantic Ocean east of South America at an altitude of 240 statute
miles. Less than 10 minutes later, the Progress settled into its
preliminary orbit and its solar arrays and navigational antennas were
successfully deployed. 

Aboard the ISS, Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS
Science Officer Ed Lu were already in their sleep period as the Progress
climbed to orbit. 

The new Progress is scheduled to dock to the aft port of the Zvezda
Service Module on Saturday night at 10:45 p.m. CDT (345 GMT Aug. 31).
Another Progress ship that arrived at the ISS in February filled with
discarded items and trash was undocked yesterday and commanded to
deorbit, burning up in the Earth's atmosphere. 

Progress 12 is loaded with supplies for Malenchenko and Lu and science
gear for European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain, who is
set 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. 

Among the supplies aboard the Progress is a satellite phone and Global
Positioning System locator hardware which Malenchenko, Lu and Duque
would use in the unlikely event they land off-course, as did the
Expedition Six crew back in May. 

The new Progress also carries 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: 


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 on Saturday, August 30
following the Progress 12 docking, or sooner if events warrant. 


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