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International Space Station Status Report: SS06-046




> SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
>> Oct. 23, 2006
>>
>> Katherine Trinidad Headquarters, Washington 202-358-3749
>>
>> Rob Navias Johnson Space Center, Houston 281-483-5111
>> STATUS REPORT: SS06-046
>>
>> INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS06-046
>>
>> A shipment of supplies began its journey to the International Space 
>> Station Monday as the ISS Progress 23 cargo ship was launched from 
>> the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
>> The new resupply ship lifted off at 9:41 a.m. EDT (7:41 p.m. Baikonur 
>> time). It will be the 23rd Progress to visit the station. Less than 
>> 10 minutes later, the cargo ship reached orbit, and its solar arrays 
>> and navigational antennas were deployed for the three-day trip to the 
>> orbital outpost.
>>
>> Two pre-programmed firings of the Progress' main engine are scheduled 
>> Friday to fine-tune the ship's path to the space station. Additional 
>> rendezvous maneuvers are planned over the next three days.
>>
>> Expedition 14 Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and flight engineers 
>> Mikhail Tyurin and Thomas Reiter were flying 220 miles over southern 
>> Russia, north of the Mongolian border, when the Progress was 
>> launched. Carrying almost 2.5 tons of food, water, fuel, oxygen, air, 
>> spare parts and other supplies, the Progress is scheduled to 
>> automatically dock to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 
>> 10:28 a.m. EDT Thursday. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin 
>> Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT.
>> The ISS Progress 22 craft that arrived in June remains docked to the 
>> Pirs Docking Compartment. That Progress will be used to stow trash 
>> and supply oxygen to replenish the station's atmosphere when 
>> required. The spacecraft won't be discarded until mid-January.
>> For more about the crew's activities and station sighting 
>> opportunities, visit:
>>
>> http://www.nasa.gov/station
>> The next station status report will be issued on Thursday, Oct. 26, 
>> after the ISS Progress 23 docking, or earlier if events warrant.
>>
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>> -end-
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