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Station Prepares for New Crew, Vehicle Traffic and Spacewalk

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:39 am via: NASA
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Three new crew members are preparing to join their Expedition 33 crewmates onboard the International Space Station. They will launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft at 6:51 a.m. EDT (5:51 p.m. Baikonur time) Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Flight Engineers Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin will orbit the Earth for two days before docking to the Poisk module at 8:35 a.m. Thursday. The new trio will join Commander Suni Williams and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide and Yuri Malenchenko who’ve been residing at the orbital laboratory since July 17.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule is due to undock and leave the station on Sunday for a return to Earth and recovery in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. The world’s first commercial resupply craft arrived Oct. 10 and was captured by the Canadarm2 for berthing to the Harmony node.

A Russian resupply craft, the ISS Progress 49, is due for a launch and docking on Oct. 31. Launch is scheduled for 3:41 a.m. EDT with docking occurring four orbits later or approximately six hours later.

While traffic at the station is heavy, the crew is also getting ready for a Nov. 1 spacewalk. Williams and Hoshide will work outside to repair an ammonia leak on a port-side radiator. There will be an Oct. 26 briefing on NASA TV to discuss the 166th spacewalk in support of station assembly and maintenance.

Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko stayed busy in the Russian segment of the space station. The cosmonaut focused on routine maintenance and science while conducting his daily exercise regimen. He also inventoried and stowed gear from the ISS Progress 48 resupply craft.

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