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Soyuz Move Caps Busy Week Aboard Space Station


*Soyuz Move Caps Busy Week Aboard Space Station*

The Expedition 15 crew members enjoyed a light-duty day Friday aboard 
the International Space Station after a busy week culminating in the 
relocation of their Soyuz spacecraft on Thursday.

The Zarya module's starboard solar array wing was retracted Friday 
morning, with the retraction of the port solar array planned for 
Saturday. The Zarya arrays must be completely retracted to avoid contact 
with the station's radiators. The starboard radiators will be deployed 
during STS-120 space shuttle mission in October, followed by the port 
radiators after the shuttle departs.

The crew moved the Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft on Thursday to free up the 
Zarya nadir, or Earth-facing, port for the arrival of Expedition 16 on 
Oct. 12. After the Soyuz undocked at 3:20 p.m. EDT, Flight Engineer Oleg 
Kotov piloted the spacecraft 80 feet for a 27-minute trip to the aft 
docking port of the Zvezda service module.

+ Read more about the Soyuz move 

On Monday afternoon, the Zvezda service module's engines were fired for 
about two minutes to raise the space station's altitude an average of 
about 5.3 nautical miles. This brings the station into the correct 
position for the upcoming Soyuz TMA-11 and space shuttle Discovery 
dockings in October.

+ View crew daily timelines 
+ Read more about Expedition 15 
+ Read more about Expedition 16 
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