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ISS SCIENCE Status Report: SS05-059



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

>December 21, 2005
>
>Katherine Trinidad 
>Headquarters, Washington
>(202) 358-3749 
>
>Rob Navias
>Johnson Space Center, Houston
>Phone: (281) 483-5111 
>
>STATUS REPORT: SS05-059
>
>INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS05-059
>
>Supplies and holiday gifts are on the way to the International Space 
>Station following today's Progress spacecraft launch from the 
>Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
>
>The 20th supply ship to visit the station lifted off at 1:38 p.m. EST. 
>Less than 10 minutes later, the spacecraft reached orbit and 
>successfully deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas for 
>the two-day trip.
>
>Two pre-programmed firings of the craft's main engine later today will 
>fine-tune the ship's path to the station. Additional rendezvous 
>maneuvers are planned Thursday and Friday.
>
>At launch time, Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur and Flight 
>Engineer Valery Tokarev were flying 220 miles over the south Pacific, 
>west of Chile. Flight controllers informed them of the launch as the 
>Progress reached orbit.
>
>The craft is carrying nearly three tons of food, water, fuel, oxygen, 
>air, spare parts and holiday presents. It is scheduled to 
>automatically dock to the station's Pirs Docking Compartment at 2:54 
>p.m. EST, Friday. NASA TV live coverage of the docking begins at 2 
>p.m. EST, Friday.
>
>The Progress docked to the station's Zvezda Service Module's aft port 
>will remain there until early March. The crew will stow trash in the 
>Progress and use its oxygen supply to replenish station cabin 
>atmosphere.
>
>Engineers are studying data to learn what may have caused last 
>Friday's severing of a cable that provides power, command and video 
>connections to the Mobile Transporter rail car. Two redundant cable 
>reels support the Mobile Transporter and Mobile Base System, a 
>movable platform that allows the station's robotic arm to move back 
>and forth along the truss during construction and maintenance work. 
>
>The Trailing Umbilical System 2 cable appears to have been cut by the 
>system designed to sever it if it ever became snarled or tangled. 
>Video down linked from station cameras confirmed the cable was cut. 
>The Trailing Umbilical System 1 was not affected. 
>
>The inadvertent severing of the cable tripped one of two redundant 
>circuit breakers on the S0 Truss, which provides power to the Mobile 
>Transporter. The transporter is not scheduled to be used in the near 
>future, but the severed Trailing Umbilical System 2 cable can be 
>replaced through a spacewalk to provide the required redundancy. 
>
>For information about crew activities, future launch dates and station 
>sighting opportunities on the Web, visit: 
>
>http://www.nasa.gov/station 
>
>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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