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No ISS Orbit Adjustment Because of Shuttle Delay

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 1, 2007 12:23 pm
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Due to the postponement of the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, the orbit of the International Space Station ISS won’t be adjusted as planned on March 2. The normal procedure for upcoming dockings of a Shuttle, a Soyuz crew transport or a Progress resupply ferry involves changing the orbit of the station for optimal docking conditions.

Russian Mission Control also stated that Expedition Crew 14 will also have their work plans changed. Instead of working with the Shuttle crew on the installation of the S3/S4 truss and handling resupplies, the work plan was changed to additional scientific experiments.

Another big task of the current crew, Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineers Mikhail Tyurin and Sunita Williams, will be the preparation of the next crew exchange in the beginning of April. Mainly Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin, who will be replaced with Expedition Crew 15, will have to undertake a rigorous fitness program with additional usage of certain medication as a preparation for their landing and the readjustment to gravity.

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