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Cargo Transfers for Station and Shuttle Crews

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:03 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 28 and STS-135 crew members continued their focus on cargo transfers Thursday aboard the International Space Station. They also had time for news media interviews, exercise and some welcome off-duty time.

Unloading of the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello’s 9,400 pounds of cargo was well over half complete. Transfer of its remaining cargo to the station was expected to be finished Friday or Saturday.

Raffaello is to be reloaded with almost 5,700 pounds of gear from the station, mostly unneeded equipment and trash. It is to be replaced in space shuttle Atlantis’ cargo bay Monday morning for return to Earth.

The crew’s supper was special. That All-American Meal was initially scheduled for July 4 but wound up being enjoyed Thursday because of Atlantis’ launch delay. Grilled chicken, corn, baked beans, cheese and more, topped off with apple pie, were on the menu.

Expedition 28 Flight Engineers Mike Fossum and Ron Garan completed a six-hour, 31-minute spacewalk Tuesday, retrieving a failed pump module for return to Earth, installing two experiments and repairing a new base for the station’s robotic arm.

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