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Station Crew Unloads Progress, Prepares for STS-133

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Nov 2, 2010 10:42 am via: NASA
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Expedition 25 Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri continued the long process of unloading cargo from the newly arrived ISS Progress 40 cargo craft Monday. Once emptied, Progress 40 will be filled with trash and station discards and deorbited to burn in the Earth’s atmosphere like its predecessors.

The 40th ISS Progress resupply vehicle docked to the Pirs docking compartment of the International Space Station at 12:36 p.m. EDT Saturday. Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri took over manual control to guide the Progress to its final connection. Progress 40 brought to the orbiting complex 1,918 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen, 498 pounds of water and 2,804 pounds of food, spare parts, experiment hardware and other supplies for the station’s six crew members.

Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Fyodor Yurchikhin conducted a timeline review of an upcoming spacewalk. They also gathered hardware and tools for the excursion.

Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineer Scott Kelly prepared for spacewalks to be performed by STS-133 Mission Specialists Tim Kopra and Alvin Drew during space shuttle Discovery’s upcoming visit to the orbital complex. Wheelock prepared batteries for the spacesuits to be used, and Kelly made some repairs to insulation on one of the suits’ electronics.

Space shuttle Discovery is slated to launch Wednesday to begin the STS-133 mission to the space station.

During Discovery’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 joined Wheelock as he spoke to members of Mission Control during a plaque-hanging ceremony commemorating the successful Expedition 24 mission, on which both served as flight engineers.

Walker and Kelly worked with the Health Maintenance System, performing eye exams.

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