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ISS Progress 37 Launches, Time Off for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:52 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – The ISS Progress 37 cargo carrier launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. EDT loaded with 2.6 tons of food, fuel, oxygen, propellant and supplies for the Expedition 23 crew.

The Progress is scheduled to dock to the Pirs docking compartment of the International Space Station using the automated Kurs docking system at 2:35 p.m. Saturday.

Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Alexander Skvortsov is pictured in his crew quarters compartment on the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA

Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Alexander Skvortsov is pictured in his crew quarters compartment on the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA

As the Progress made its way to the orbiting complex Thursday, the Expedition 23 crew members enjoyed some time off during a light-duty work day.

Throughout the day, Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Mikhail Kornienko, Soichi Noguchi and T.J. Creamer had time to complete some minor housekeeping and maintenance activities. They also had time set aside to monitor science experiments and to complete their daily exercise routines that help to counteract the effects of long-term exposure to the microgravity environment aboard the station.

The station’s residents also had several opportunities for Earth observation and photography as they orbited the world every 90 minutes. Johannesburg, South Africa, which lies in the middle of a 100-mile-long string of gold-mining cities, was suggested to the crew for photography.

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