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January 29, 2003

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington

Rob Navias
Johnson Space Center, Houston


New Cargo Ship Docks With International Space Station

The tenth Russian Progress resupply vehicle to the International Space Station is scheduled to dock at approximately 9:55 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Commentary and coverage, originating from the Space Station Flight Control Room at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, will be carried live on NASA Television beginning at 9 a.m. EST. NASA TV is on GE-2, Transponder 9C, vertical polarization at 85 degrees West longitude, 3880 MHz, with audio at 6.8 MHz.

The Progress Nine ship that arrived at the Station in September is scheduled to undock from the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module on Feb. 1. The new Progress launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Feb. 2 for its two-day trip to the Station. Neither the Progress Nine undocking nor the Progress 10 launch will be televised.

Progress 10 will carry supplies for the Expedition Seven crew, which arrives at the Space Station in March. It will also carry repaired components for the Destiny laboratory Microgravity Science Glovebox that experienced a power failure last November.

Expedition Six Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA Station Science Officer Don Pettit are in the third month of their four-month mission on board the Space Station. The crew will unload the Progress shortly after docking. Pettit will immediately begin work on the Microgravity Science Glovebox, so it can be reactivated to support all planned science investigations before the end of the Expedition 6 mission.

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