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New Mini-Research Module Attached to Station

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue May 18, 2010 2:41 pm via: NASA
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(NASA) – The new Russian module Rassvet delivered by space shuttle Atlantis arrived at its permanent home on the Russian segment of the International Space Station at 8:20 a.m. EDT Tuesday.

Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov monitored the docking from the Russian segment as the Russian Mini-Research Module-1 (MRM-1) engaged into its automated docking sequence for the final attachment to the station.

Atlantis Commander Ken Ham and Pilot Tony Antonelli maneuvered the shuttle robotic arm to unberth the module from Atlantis’ payload bay and positioned it for handoff to the station robotic arm. Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman and Piers Sellers were at the station arm controls to maneuver MRM-1 to its new position on the Russian segment.

STS-132 Mission Specialists Michael Good and Steve Bowen are preparing for the mission’s next spacewalk. They are preparing the suits and gathering tools needed for their extravehicular excursion on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, station Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Mikhail Kornienko, Soichi Noguchi and T.J. Creamer are working on maintenance activities and experiments.

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