Katherine Trinidad/Allard Beutel
June 20, 2005
International Space Station Status Report: SS05-032
The 18th Progress spacecraft to visit the Station docked to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 8:42 p.m. EDT as the Station flew 225 miles over Beijing, China. The docking completed a two-day journey for the cargo ship since liftoff Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
As the Progress approached the Station, Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev had to take over manual control of the docking. A problem with mission control prevented commands from being uplinked to the cargo ship on its final approach for an automated docking. Krikalev executed a flawless linkup. NASA Flight Engineer and Science Officer John Phillips took video and still photos of the arrival.
The Progress is loaded with 397 pounds of propellant, 242 pounds of oxygen, 926 pounds of water, more than 3,000 pounds of spare parts, life support system components and experiment hardware. The Progress carried 40 new Solid-Fuel Oxygen Generating (SFOG) canisters as a supplemental source of Station oxygen. The crew will open the Progress hatch later today but will not begin to unload the ship’s cargo until tomorrow.
Among the items is a new digital camera which the Expedition 11 crew will use during the Space Shuttle Discovery's approach to the Station. The camera will capture images of the Shuttle's Thermal Protection System during the STS-114 mission in July.
Information about crew activities on the Station, future launch dates, previous status reports and sighting opportunities are available on the Internet at:
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