[sarex] ISS Progress 24 to Depart, ISS Progress 26 to Launch

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Tue Jul 31 04:27:40 PDT 2007


*ISS Progress 24 to Depart, ISS Progress 26 to Launch *

ISS015-E-17052 --- The Great Salt Lake in Utah
Image above: The Great Salt Lake in Utah is featured in this image 
photographed by
an Expedition 15 crew member on the International Space Station. Image 
credit: NASA


The Expedition 15 crew spent Monday preparing for the departure of the 
ISS Progress 24 (P24) cargo craft and the arrival of the ISS Progress 26.

Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin removed a Local Temperature Sensor Switching 
Unit and computer memory from P24. Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov 
repressurized the station's atmosphere with oxygen from tanks in the 
P24. The cargo craft will undock from the Pirs docking compartment on 
Aug. 1, burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere as it deorbits.

P26 is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 
1:34 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 2. It is scheduled to dock with the station 
Sunday, Aug. 5, at about 2:38 p.m. The crew trained on the manual TORU 
docking system controls Monday in preparation for the docking of P26. 
The manual system would be used in the unlikely event the automated Kurs 
system should experience difficulty.

Flight Engineer Clay Anderson packed items to be returned to Earth 
aboard Endeavour when it completes the STS-118 mission. Endeavour is set 
to launch on Aug. 7 and dock with the station on Aug. 9.

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