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EXP 10 STATUS - 1 MARCH 2005



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

* Cargo Ship to Dock With ISS on Wednesday*
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 10 Commander Leroy 
Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov are awaiting the arrival of 
a Progress cargo ship. ISS Progress 17 is slated to dock with the aft 
end of the Station's Zvezda Service Module at 2:15 p.m. CST (2015 GMT) 
Wednesday. It launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:09 
p.m. CST (1909 GMT) Monday.

Chiao and Sharipov trained Tuesday with a backup docking system that 
would be used if the primary system failed Wednesday. Also, their sleep 
schedule has been adjusted to accommodate the docking and hatch opening, 
which will occur a few hours later.

The Progress is loaded with 4,631 pounds (2,100 kilograms) of cargo for 
the Station, including food, supplies, fuel, oxygen, air and water. The 
Progress' cargo also includes cameras and lenses that will be used to 
photograph the thermal protection tiles of Space Shuttle Discovery as 
the Return to Flight mission approaches the Station in May or June.

Progress 17 will attach to the docking port previously occupied by the 
ISS Progress 16 spacecraft. Progress 16 was commanded to undock Sunday 
to clear the way for Progress 17. Progress 16, which is filled with 
trash and other unneeded Station items, will orbit the Earth for 10 days 
before being commanded to re-enter the atmosphere to burn up harmlessly 
over the Pacific Ocean.

In other activities Tuesday, the Expedition 10 crewmembers took part in 
a Russian biomedical assessment that is studying changes in the human 
body during space flight.

International Space Station Status Report No. 10 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2005/iss05-10.html>.
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