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Departure Preps and Cargo Transfers for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue May 10, 2011 7:58 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 27 crew members aboard the International Space Station were busy packing and transferring cargo Monday as preparations continue for the departure of Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli.

On May 23, Kondratyev, Coleman and Nespoli are scheduled to enter the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft and undock for a landing in Kazakhstan. To prepare for departure, they gathered and packed items for return aboard the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft.

Flight Engineers Ron Garan, Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrey Borisenko will remain behind becoming the Expedition 28 crew. Borisenko will become station commander. Three additional Expedition 28 crew members, Flight Engineers Sergei Volkov, Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa are scheduled to launch to the station June 7.

Kondratyev, the out-going station commander, conducted crew handover activities with Samokutyaev and Borisenko.

Garan, Nespoli and Coleman unpacked cargo from the “Johannes Kepler” Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 and filled the emptied stowage racks with trash and unneeded items for disposal. The European Space Agency supply ship, which delivered seven tons of cargo when it docked to the aft port of the Zvezda service module on Feb. 24, is scheduled to undock from the station on June 20 for a destructive re-entry in the Earth’s atmosphere.

The station crew also participated in a planning conference with the STS-134 crew that is scheduled to launch to the station aboard space shuttle Endeavour and deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. NASA managers met Friday afternoon and determined Endeavour will launch no earlier than Monday, May 16 at 8:56 a.m. EDT.

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