Friday, April 23, 2010

Robotics Work Station Relocation and Station Reboost for Crew

Expedition 23 Commander and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov downlinked live video and audio of the treadmill while it was operating inside the Zvezda service module. Kotov identified unusual sounds and motion coming from the treadmill and was working with ground controllers to see if there was a problem. Ground controllers determined everything was nominal but continued to analyze the issue.

With American and Russian spacecraft coming and going to the station over the next two months, the docked ISS Progress 36 supply craft fired its engines on Friday afternoon to raise the orbiting laboratory to the proper altitude.

The ISS Progress 35 undocked from the Pirs Docking Compartment on Thursday after being loaded with trash and other unneeded gear and equipment. The Progress will be used for scientific experiments until it is deorbited and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere next week.

Pirs will host the new ISS Progress 37 when it docks on Saturday, May 1. ISS Progress 37 will bring to the station 1,918 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air, 220 pounds of water and 3,031 pounds of spare parts and experiment hardware.

Space shuttle Atlantis will arrive at the International Space Station in May for the 12-day STS-132 mission. On June 2, Expedition 23 crew members Kotov, T.J. Creamer and Noguchi will return home in the Soyuz TMA-17. Expedition 24 crew members Fyodor Yurchikhin, Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker will arrive in the Soyuz TMA-19 to begin their stay on June 18.