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Crew Prepares for Progress 40, Space Shuttle Discovery

Published by Matt on Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:32 am via: NASA
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The ISS Progress 37 cargo craft successfully undocked from the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment Monday at 10:25 a.m. EDT. The Progress will spend three weeks orbiting a safe distance from the station to enable Russian engineers to conduct technology experiments before being deorbited Nov. 15.

Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock (left) and Flight Engineer Scott Kelly prepare the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue backpacks for use during the STS-133 space shuttle mission. Credit: NASA TV

Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock (left) and Flight Engineer Scott Kelly prepare the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue backpacks for use during the STS-133 space shuttle mission. Credit: NASA TV

The undocking of Progress 37 sets the stage for the launch of the ISS Progress 40 cargo ship Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The new Progress is loaded with 1,918 pounds of propellant, 1,100 pounds of oxygen, 498 pounds of water and 2,804 pounds of food, spare parts and supplies for the Expedition 25 crew. It will dock to the station’s Pirs docking compartment Saturday.

To prepare for the arrival of Progress 40, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka reviewed procedures for the use of TORU, the Russian telerobotically operated rendezvous system. The crew can use TORU to monitor the docking of a Progress cargo craft with the station or take control of the process if difficulties arise.

Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineer Scott Kelly prepared tools and checked out the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) backpack units that will be used during two spacewalks to be performed by STS-133 Mission Specialists Tim Kopra and Alvin Drew. If a spacewalker should become untethered and float away, he or she can control the SAFER unit’s nitrogen-jet thrusters with a joystick to move back to safety.

Space shuttle Discovery will launch Nov. 1 to begin the STS-133 mission to the space station. On the orbiter’s final spaceflight, the crew members will install the Permanent Multipurpose Module and deliver important spare parts to the station along with the Express Logistics Carrier-4 and Robonaut 2.

Flight Engineer Shannon Walker worked with the Health Maintenance System performing pressure measurements with a new tonometer on the system’s Eye Simulator. The measurements will be used to verify the tonometer’s functionality in the microgravity environment of space.

Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin inspected filters in the Russian Elektron oxygen generation system.

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