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Station Crew Awaits Japanese Cargo Vehicle

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:30 am via: source
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(NASA) – The space station crew enjoyed a day off Wednesday resting up after the busy assembly mission. They also prepared for the arrival of the next cargo delivery vehicle, the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle, scheduled for launch from Tanegashima, Japan, at 1:01 p.m. Thursday.

The population aboard the International Space Station is back to six following the departure of the space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew at 3:26 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

Backdropped by Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is seen from space shuttle Discovery after undocking. Credit: NASA

Backdropped by Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is seen from space shuttle Discovery after undocking. Credit: NASA

The shuttle crew’s newest member, Mission Specialist Tim Kopra, is returning to Earth after 44 days as a member of the station’s Expedition 20 crew, while his replacement, Nicole Stott, begins a three-month stay in orbit.

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