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Station Crew Relocates Japanese Cargo Craft

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:06 am via: NASA
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Positioned at the International Space Station’s Cupola Robotic Work Station, Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli and Cady Coleman used the station’s robotic arm to complete the relocation of the Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle Thursday.

Once the move was completed, Commander Scott Kelly and Nespoli performed vestibule pressurization and outfitting procedures to prepare it for ingress.

Kounotori2, which arrived at the station Jan. 27, was relocated back to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module after being placed on the space-facing side of the module prior to space shuttle Discovery’s arrival. The move was made to provide Discovery with the clearance needed to dock during the STS-133 mission. The Japanese cargo craft is currently scheduled to undock from the station March 28 for a destructive re-entry in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri had time scheduled to prepare for their return home March 16 with Kelly aboard the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft that brought them to the station on Oct. 9, 2010.

Their departure will mark the end of Expedition 26 and the beginning of Expedition 27 under the command of cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev, who will remain on the station with Coleman and Nespoli.

In the Russian segment of the station, Kaleri, Skripochka and Kondratyev performed routine maintenance activities and worked with ongoing science experiments, including the Matryoshka-R experiment. Matryoshka-R is a Russian experiment designed for sophisticated radiation studies and is named after the traditional Russian set of nested dolls.

At 11:57 a.m. Wednesday, space shuttle Discovery landed for the final time at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after 202 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,304,140 miles on the STS-133 mission.

While Discovery was docked with the station, the STS-133 crew members delivered and helped install the Permanent Multipurpose Module Leonardo with its 6,500 pounds of cargo for the station, the Express Logistics Rack 4 now installed on the station’s exterior, and delivered an additional 2,000 pounds of cargo on the middeck. During two spacewalks they completed a number of maintenance and installation tasks.

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