[sarex] After Delay, ISS Crew Opens Hatch to Cargo Supply Ship
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After Delay, Space Station Crew Opens Hatch to Cargo Supply Ship
27 October 2006
International Space Station
A technical problem that plagued Thursday's docking of a Russian cargo
ship to the orbiting International Space Station has been resolved,
allowing the crew to unload fresh supplies.
After several hours of checking that the cargo ship was securely docked
to the station, mission control gave the go-ahead for the crew to begin
unloading fuel, food and water from the cargo ship, which blasted off
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier this week.
The move was only possible after it was determined the unmanned Russian
spacecraft had properly latched onto the orbiting outpost. During an
initial docking attempt Thursday, the supply craft failed to latch
Russian Space Agency official Nikolai Sevasteenov says the concerns
stemmed from Mission Control's inability to determine whether the cargo
ship's antenna had folded properly, as is required for a secure docking.
With the trouble solved, the three-man crew of the International Space
Station was happy to open the hatches and begin unloading.
Russian space agency officials stress similar problems have been
encountered before. They say, at no time was the crew in any danger.
Friday's delivery means the crew can look forward to enjoying videos and
letters from home.
American astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail
Tyurin, and German astronaut Thomas Reiter have logged a little over a
month in space as part of a six-month tour to the International Space
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