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Station’s Orbit Raised; Cargo Transfers for Expedition 27 Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:26 am via: NASA
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The International Space Station increased its orbit Friday morning using the thrusters of the docked “Johannes Kepler” Automated Transfer Vehicle-2. The burn began at 2 a.m. EDT and lasted 14 minutes and 43 seconds. The reboost puts the complex at the correct altitude for the docking of the Soyuz TMA-21 and space shuttle Endeavour.

Commander Dmitry Kondratyev unloaded supplies from inside the ISS Progress 41 resupply vehicle. He also packed the resupply vehicle with unneeded items and trash.

Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli transferred supplies and equipment from the Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle. Currently, the crew is close to 90% complete with the transfer work.

Once both resupply vehicles are unpacked and loaded with unneeded items, they will depart the station for a destructive re-entry in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Kondratyev, Coleman and Nespoli also reviewed emergency procedures for the Permanent Multipurpose Module delivered during the STS-133 mission.

As part of the ongoing Crew Earth Observations experiment crew members spent some time Friday photographing areas in North Korea, South Korea and Mongolia.

Over the weekend, the crew members will continue their daily physical exercise routines to counteract the effects of long-term exposure to weightlessness in space. They also will enjoy some off-duty time, continue regular maintenance duties and have an opportunity to speak with family members.

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