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New Cargo Craft Heads Toward Station

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:31 pm via: source
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(NASA) – The Progress 34 cargo ship launched on time today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:56:56 a.m. EDT (4:56:56 p.m. Baikonur time) to begin its five-day journey to the International Space Station. Less than 9 minutes later, the unpiloted cargo ship reached orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas. Two rendezvous burns of the Progress engines are scheduled today and another burn is planned for tomorrow to fine-tune the Progress’ path to the ISS.

At the time of launch, the shuttle/station complex and its 13 crew members were flying 218 statute miles over Sapporo, Japan.



Carrying 2 ½ tons of food, fuel and supplies for the station crew, the Progress is scheduled to dock to the aft port of the Zvezda service module on Wednesday, July 29 at 6:16 a.m., one day after Endeavour undocks from the outpost.

Space shuttle Endeavour and its STS-127 crew are currently at the International Space Station conducting joint operations with the Expedition 20 crew.

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