[sarex] Soyuz Move Caps Busy Week Aboard Space Station
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Fri Sep 28 15:16:43 PDT 2007
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*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The Zarya module's starboard solar array wing was retracted Friday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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