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Station Crew Opens Hatches to ATV-2

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:35 am via: NASA
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The thrusters of the newly arrived “Johannes Kepler” Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 were tested Friday beginning at 5:33 a.m. EST with a 3-minute, 18-second firing lifting the station’s orbit by 1.1 statute miles. The thruster firing provided proof that the vehicle could perform a reboost as expected and positioned the station for the next round of Russian Soyuz vehicle operations.

After Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli and Alexander Kaleri completed leak checks, the crew opened the hatches to “Johannes Kepler” to begin cargo transfers.

ATV-2 automatically docked with the aft end of the International Space Station’s Zvezda service module at 10:59 a.m. EST Thursday.

Space shuttle Discovery lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 4:53 p.m. Thursday to deliver a new module and critical supplies to the International Space Station.

The STS-133 mission is delivering the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), a facility created from the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module named Leonardo. The module can support microgravity experiments in areas such as fluid physics, materials science, biology and biotechnology. Inside the PMM is Robonaut 2, a dextrous robot that will become a permanent resident of the station. Discovery also is carrying critical spare components to the space station and the Express Logistics Carrier 4, an external platform that holds large equipment.

The shuttle crew is scheduled to dock to the station at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday. The mission’s two spacewalks will focus on outfitting the station and storing spare components outside the complex.

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