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Relocation of Japanese Transfer Vehicle Complete

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:12 am via: NASA
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Using the International Space Station’s robotic arm, Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli and Catherine Coleman completed the relocation of the Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle at 11:56 a.m. EST Friday.

Commander Scott Kelly, stationed at a laptop computer, ordered the latches tightened at the Harmony module’s space-facing docking port confirming second stage capture of Kounotori2.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency-provided Kounotori2, which arrived at the station Jan. 27, was relocated from the Harmony module’s Earth-facing port to its space-facing port to provide the clearance needed for space shuttle Discovery to dock during the STS-133 mission to the station later this month.

The Japanese cargo ship will be moved back to the Harmony module’s Earth-facing port after Discovery undocks at the completion of the STS-133 mission. The final relocation is currently scheduled for March 7, but is dependent on Discovery’s launch and undocking dates.

Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri conducted a session with the Russian BAR experiment. BAR studies detection methods and means for depressurization of the station modules.

Flight Engineers Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka performed spacesuit maintenance and stowed tools and equipment used during Wednesday’s successful 4-hour, 51-minute spacewalk.

Throughout the week, the station crew made preparations for the upcoming arrival of the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV-2) “Johannes Kepler” that launched Wednesday from the Arianespace launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. ATV-2 is scheduled to automatically dock with the Zvezda service module on Feb. 24.

The ISS Progress 39 cargo ship is scheduled to undock from the Zvezda service module at 8:12 a.m. Sunday. The departure of Progress 39 will clear the way for ATV-2 to dock with the station. Progress 39 will be commanded to deorbit for a destructive entry back into the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific.

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