Space Station (ISS) Status 9/10/05
An unpiloted Russian Progress cargo ship docked to the aft port of
the International Space Station (ISS) Zvezda module today at 10:42 a.m.
EDT, as the Station flew 220 miles above Central Asia near northern
Kazakhstan. The 19th Progress spacecraft to visit the ISS is carrying
more than 5,000 pounds of supplies for the crew.
Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John
Phillips will check for leaks before opening the hatch to the Progress
later today. They'll begin unloading the cargo tomorrow.
The supplies include food, fuel, oxygen and air, clothing, experiment
hardware, Russian spacesuit components and spare parts for the Vozdukh
carbon dioxide removal system. A new water circulation liquids unit is
onboard the supply ship. This unit is for the station's Elektron oxygen-
generating system which is inoperable. The unit will be installed next
week to try to bring Elektron back into service.
The remainder of the Progress payload includes 1,763 pounds of
propellant for the Russian thrusters; 242 pounds of oxygen and air in
tanks as a backup supply for the oxygen generated by Elektron; and 463
pounds of water to augment the supplies left by the Space Shuttle
Discovery during the STS-114 mission.
Some of the clothing and personal effects delivered to the station
include items for the next resident crew, Expedition 12 Commander Bill
McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev. They are scheduled to
launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 1 in the Soyuz