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ISS Progress 26 Launches to Station

> *ISS Progress 26 Launches to Station*
> Illustration of the space station with Progress 26, Progress 25 and 
> SoyuzImage above: Artist's rendering of the International Space 
> Station showing the ISS Progress 26, the ISS Progress 25 and a Soyuz 
> spacecraft docked to the station. Image credit: NASA TV
> http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
> The ISS Progress 26 (P26) craft launched Thursday from the Baikonur 
> Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:34 p.m. EDT. The P26 vehicle is loaded 
> with 5,111 pounds of food, fuel, air, water and supplies. P26 is 
> scheduled to dock with the station on Aug. 5.
> On the station, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Olog 
> Kotov reconfigured the Kurs automated rendezvous system in the Zvezda 
> Service Module in preparation for the P26 docking.
> Wednesday’s undocking of the ISS Progress 24 (P24) was successfully 
> completed at 10:07 a.m. Configuration issues resulted in the Progress 
> not doing the separation burn, but the deorbit burn occurred on time. 
> P24 was about four miles from the station when the deorbit burn began 
> a little after 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, sending the Progress and its load 
> of trash to destruction in the Earth's atmosphere.
> Flight Engineer Clay Anderson conducted routine periodic inspections 
> of the station's smoke detectors Thursday and Kotov did routine air 
> sampling in the station. Yurchikhin and Anderson continued to pack 
> items no longer needed on the station for return aboard space shuttle 
> Endeavour during its STS-118 mission. Anderson also held a conference 
> with the STS-118 crew to discuss spacewalk preparations.
> + Read more about the ISS Progress 26 Launch 
> <http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/exp15_progress26_advancer.html> 
> + Read more about Expedition 15 
> <http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/index.html> 
> + View crew daily timelines 
> <http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/timelines/index.html>
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