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Resupply Craft Launches from Kazakhstan

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:38 am via: NASA
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The ISS Progress 46 resupply craft launched Wednesday at 6:06 p.m. EST (5:06 a.m. Baikonur time Thursday) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Progress 46 is loaded with 2.9 tons of food, fuel and equipment and will arrive at the Pirs docking compartment Friday at 7:08 p.m.

Another Russian cargo craft, the Progress 45, deorbited Tuesday night. It was loaded with trash and discarded gear and re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and burned up over the Pacific Ocean. The cargo craft deployed the Chibis-M mini-satellite after undocking from the space station Monday. The 88-pound Chibis-M will study plasma waves in the ionosphere for several years.

While Expedition 30 waits for new supplies, the six-member crew continued ongoing science and maintenance activities inside the orbital laboratory.

Commander Dan Burbank worked inside the Kibo laboratory to activate a microscope on the SAIBO rack’s clean bench. He also trained for the robotic grapple of the SpaceX Dragon capsule when it arrives this year.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit conducted the popular and ongoing LEGO Bricks experiment. He recorded a video for students on the ground as he completed the assembly of a Lego satellite and observatory.

Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers worked on a commercial experiment that is part of NASA’s partnership with NanoRacks. The European Space Agency astronaut checked out the NanoRacks microscope, its hardware and image capture capabilities.

Pettit and Kuipers also joined Burbank for robotics training on the Space Station Remote Manipulator System.

Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov worked with the BAR experiment which studies tools and methods for detecting pressure leaks in space. Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin tagged up with ground specialists for the Pneumocard experiment which observes the adaptation of the cardiovascular system during long-term missions. Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko participated in the Uragan experiment that seeks to predict the effects of natural and man-made disasters on Earth.

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