Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crew Preparing for Cargo Ship, Spacewalk

The Expedition 33 crew of the International Space Station spent Tuesday gearing up for Wednesday’s arrival of a Russian cargo craft and Thursday’s spacewalk to repair an ammonia leak. 

The ISS Progress 49 cargo vehicle is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:41 a.m. EDT Wednesday, docking to the aft end of the station’s Zvezda service module at 9:40 a.m. Progress 49 is delivering 2.9 tons of supplies to the orbiting complex, including 2,050 pounds of propellant, 62 pounds of oxygen, 42 pounds of air, 926 pounds of water and 2,738 pounds of spare parts, experiment hardware and maintenance equipment. 

If any technical issues arise, the Russian flight control team may default to a two-day rendezvous plan that would result in docking on Friday. 

NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday and resumes at 9 a.m. for the rendezvous and docking.

Source: NASA

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