New Cargo Ship Arrives at Space Station
The Russian ISS Progress 15 cargo ship delivered supplies and equipment to the International Space Station early Saturday. The Progress linked up with the aft end of the Station's Zvezda Service Module at 1:01 a.m. EDT. The Progress launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:03 a.m. EDT Wednesday to begin the three-day chase.
Image to right: The unpiloted Progress 15 cargo ship approaches the Station.
The unpiloted Progress delivered 1,521 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air to replenish the Station's atmosphere, 926 pounds of water and more than 3,000 pounds of spare parts, life support system components and experiment hardware. The spare parts included new pumps for the U.S. spacesuits onboard that experienced cooling problems in early June while being prepared for a spacewalk to repair a failed power controller. The suits are undergoing troubleshooting in the hope they can be placed back into service in the near future.
The Progress also delivered clothing articles for the Station's next residents -- Expedition 10 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov. Expedition 10 is scheduled to launch Oct. 9 on the Soyuz TMA-5 vehicle from Baikonur to begin a six-month stay in space.
Since part of their weekend was spent conducting Progress activities, Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke received a light schedule Monday.