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EXP 12 LOOKS FOR SPECIAL XMAS DELIVERY



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUIR - N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

December 15, 2005

J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington 
Phone: (202) 358-5241 

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
Phone: (281) 483-5111 



SPACE STATION CREW LOOKS FOR SPECIAL CHRISTMAS DELIVERY

The International Space Station crew will get a special Christmas 
delivery when the next Russian cargo ship docks to the orbiting 
laboratory Dec. 23. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the 
2:55 p.m. EST docking beginning at 2 p.m. 

The Progress spacecraft will launch Dec. 21 at 1:38 p.m. EST from the 
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The craft will spend two days 
closing in on the station before docking to the Pirs Docking 
Compartment. NASA Television will not broadcast the launch. This will 
be the 20th Progress to dock with the station.

Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery 
Tokarev will find almost three tons of food, fuel, oxygen and spare 
parts aboard the craft, as well as holiday gifts from their families. 
McArthur and Tokarev are in the third month of a six-month mission. 

For information about NASA programs on the Web, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/home 

NASA TV's Public, Education and Media channels are available on an 
MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 
degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical 
polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they're on AMC-7 at 137 degrees 
west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal 
polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver 
Decoder is required for reception. For digital downlink information 
for each NASA TV channel and access to NASA TV's Public Channel on 
the Web, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 

	
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