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ISS Status Report: SS06-019



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

April 24, 2006
> Allard Beutel
> Headquarters, Washington
> (202) 358-4769
>
> James Hartsfield
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> (281) 483-5111
>
> STATUS REPORT: SS06-019
>
>
> A shipment of supplies is on its way to the International Space 
> Station. The ISS Progress 21 cargo spacecraft was launched today from 
> the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
>
> The new resupply ship lifted off at 12:03 p.m. EDT (10:03 p.m. 
> Baikonur time). Less than 10 minutes later, the cargo ship reached 
> orbit, and its solar arrays and navigational antennas were deployed 
> for its two-day trip to the orbital outpost.
>
> Two pre-programmed firings of the Progress' main engine are scheduled 
> today to fine-tune the ship's path to the space station. Additional 
> rendezvous maneuvers are planned Tuesday and Wednesday.
>
> When the Progress launched, Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov 
> and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams were flying 219 miles over the 
> Earth off the northeast of Australia. This is their 26th day in space 
> and their 24th day on the complex.
>
> Carrying 2.5 tons of food, water, fuel, oxygen, air, spare parts and 
> other supplies, the new Progress is scheduled to automatically dock 
> to the aft port of the station's Zvezda Service Module at 1:40 p.m. 
> EDT Wednesday. The older ISS Progress 20 supply ship, which arrived 
> at the station just before Christmas, will remain at the Pirs Docking 
> Compartment until mid-June. It will be used to stow trash, and its 
> supply of oxygen will help replenish the station's atmosphere.
>
> Live coverage of the docking of ISS Progress 21 to the space station 
> begins 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday on NASA Television.
>
> 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 and links to streaming 
> video, visit:
>
> http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
>
> For more on the crew's activities aboard the station and opportunities 
> to see the station fly overhead from anywhere on the Earth, visit:
>
> http://www.nasa.gov/station
>
> The next station status report will be issued on Wednesday, April 24, 
> after the ISS Progress 21 docking, or earlier, if events warrant.
>
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