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EXP 12 CREW TAKING A SHORT TRIP



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

March 14, 2006

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington 
(202) 358-4769

Kylie Clem
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(281) 483-5111 



SPACE STATION CREW TAKING SHORT TRIP TO MOVE SOYUZ

International Space Station Commander Bill McArthur and Flight 
Engineer Valery Tokarev will briefly vacate their orbiting home March 
20 to move a Soyuz spacecraft.

NASA TV airs live coverage of the move starting at 1 a.m. EST. Tokarev 
will undock the Soyuz at 1:45 a.m. EST. The crew will make about a 
35-minute flight free of the station, moving the Soyuz from the Zarya 
module docking port to the aft docking port of the Zvezda living 
quarters' module.

The maneuver frees the Zarya port for the March 31 arrival of the 
Soyuz carrying the next station crew, Expedition 13 Commander Pavel 
Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams. The new crew launches 
March 29 with Brazilian Space Agency astronaut Marcos Pontes. He will 
spend about a week on the station and return with McArthur and 
Tokarev.

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. For digital downlink information on the Web, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 

For information about the International Space Station, its missions 
and crews, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/station 

	
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