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Station Crew Off-Duty, Ready for SpaceX-3 Mission

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:01 pm via: NASA
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The six-member Expedition 39 crew was off-duty Friday in recognition of Cosmonautics Day. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the International Space Station to congratulate the crew the day before Cosmonautics Day, April 12, the anniversary of the historic first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin.

The station is set for an orbital reboost Saturday morning when the ISS Progress 53 resupply craft, docked to the Zvezda service module, will fire its thrusters for 13 minutes, 32 seconds. This will put the orbital lab at the correct altitude for a crew swap in May.

Expedition 38/39 crew members Mikhail Tyurin, Koichi Wakata and Rick Mastracchio will return to Earth May 14 inside the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft. They will be replaced May 29 when the Expedition 40/41 crew of Maxim Suraev, Reid Wiseman and Alexander Gerst arrive inside the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft.

Another cargo ship is set for a launch to the space station on Monday at 4:48 p.m. EDT. The Dragon commercial cargo craft will liftoff atop a Falcon 9 rocket on the SpaceX-3 mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

The third Dragon capsule to visit the station will deliver about 5,000 pounds of gear and return 3,500 pounds of cargo, including science results for analysis, to Earth. When Dragon is captured and berthed to the Harmony node, there will be five space vehicles parked to the international space laboratory.

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