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Progress Undocking Sets Stage for New Station Crew



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Progress Undocking Sets Stage for New Station Crew*
18 SEPTEMBER 2007



Tuesday night’s undocking of a Progress 25 (P25) cargo craft at 8:37 
p.m. EDT sets the stage for a Soyuz relocation and the arrival of 
Expedition 16.

Progress 25 will orbit a safe distance from the International Space 
Station for a week after undocking. This will enable Russian engineers 
to perform propulsion tests on the cargo craft before it finally 
deorbits and burns up over the Pacific Ocean.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Expedition 15 crew will enter the Soyuz 
TMA-10 spacecraft, undock from the Zarya’s earth-facing port and 
relocate to the Zvezda service module’s aft port. On Oct. 12, Expedition 
16 will arrive at the International Space Station in a Soyuz TMA-11 for 
a crew swap.

Arriving with Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer 
Yuri Malenchenko is Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor. 
Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov 
will leave several days later taking Shukor with them.

Flight Engineer Clay Anderson will stay aboard with Expedition 16. 
Flight Engineer Dan Tani will replace Anderson when Space Shuttle 
Discovery arrives at the station on mission STS-120.

+ View crew daily timelines 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/timelines/index.html>
+ Read more about Expedition 15 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/index.html>
+ Read more about Expedition 16 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition16/index.html>
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