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ISS Progress 26 Soars to Station


*ISS Progress 26 Soars to Station*

Progress 26 launches on August 2, 2007Image above: The ISS Progress 26 
cargo craft lifts off from the pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 
Kazakhstan on August 2, 2007. Image credit: NASA/Mark Bowman


The ISS Progress 26 (P26) is on course to arrive at the International 
Space Station just about on time, but the space shuttle Endeavour is 
going to be a little later than planned.

The station crew members, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight 
Engineers Oleg Kotov and Clay Anderson, got an early start to their 
weekend with a light-duty day on Friday. It was scheduled because Sunday 
will be a busy day, with the arrival of the new Progress scheduled for 
about 2 40 p.m. EDT.

Meanwhile, Endeavour's launch was pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday 
at 6:36 p.m. That was done to give workers additional time to complete 
routine prelaunch activities. Station crew members held a conference by 
radio Friday morning with their future visitors of the Endeavour crew.

Progress 26 launched Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan 
at 1:34 p.m. It is loaded with 5,111 pounds of food, fuel, air, water 
and supplies. The P26 will dock to the Pirs docking compartment. NASA TV 
coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m.

+ Watch NASA TV <http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html>

On Friday, station crew members configured and tested the television 
system and video equipment. The cameras will show the station as the P26 
approaches and provide the P26 cameras views of the station during its 
approach for docking. Yurchikhin and Kotov held a one-hour, detailed 
conference with specialists on the ground to discuss the specifics of 
the rendezvous.

+ Read more about the ISS Progress 26 Launch 
+ Read more about Expedition 15 
+ View crew daily timelines 
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