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EXP 13 CREW PREPARES FOR STS-121



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Station Crew Prepares for Docked Operations with Shuttle

ISS013E29003 -- Progress 20 cargo spacecraft Image above: The Progress 
20 cargo spacecraft is pictured docked to the International Space 
Station's Russian Pirs docking compartment. The Progress 20 undocked to 
burn up over the Pacific Ocean on Monday, June 19. Credit: NASA

Flight Engineer Jeff Williams checked out the stationís robotic arm, 
maneuvering it in position as Expedition 13 awaits the arrival of Space 
Shuttle Discovery. Williams will support shuttle crewmembers Lisa Nowak 
and Stephanie Wilson as they work with the station's arm. Discovery on 
mission STS-121 is scheduled for launch July 1 at 3:49 p.m. EDT 
delivering a third crewmember to the station -- European Space Agency 
astronaut Thomas Reiter.

Williams and station Commander Pavel Vinogradov also configured headsets 
they will use to communicate as the shuttle performs a backflip, or 
R-bar pitch maneuver, when it approaches the station. The flight 
engineer also serviced American spacesuits on the station that will be 
used for spacewalks during the STS-121 mission.

+ Next station assembly mission -- ULF 1.1

A new cargo spacecraft, a Russian Progress 22, will launch from 
Kazakhstan Saturday morning at 11:08 EDT and dock to the station two 
days later. The Progress 20 cargo ship undocked from the station Monday 
morning and burned up over the Pacific Ocean.

+ Read more about Progress 22

+ Read more about Expedition 13
+ View crew's daily timelines

NASA astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria and Sunita Williams and Russian 
cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin have been named as the 14th crew of the 
International Space Station. Expedition 14 is scheduled to begin this fall.

+ Read more about Expedition 14

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION GO TO:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
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