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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone 281/483-5111)

Feb. 25, 2005
Space Station Cargo-Craft Docking to Air on NASA TV March 2
The arrival of a new cargo spacecraft at the International Space Station will be broadcast on NASA Television beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 2.

The Progress spacecraft is scheduled to link up to the aft port of the Station's Zvezda Service Module on March 2 at around 3:15 p.m., carrying more than two tons of cargo. This includes a new six-month supply of food, spare parts, water, oxygen and air, and camera gear for the future inspection of Space Shuttles approaching the orbiting laboratory. This will be the 17th Progress to dock to the Station.

Expedition 10 Commander and NASA Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov are in the fourth month of a planned six-month mission on the Station.

The Progress that arrived at the Station in December will be undocked on Sunday, Feb. 27, and sent to burn up in Earth's atmosphere. There will be no coverage of the undocking.

The new Progress will be launched the next day, Feb. 28, at 2:09 p.m. EST from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to begin its two-day journey to the Station.

NASA TV is available via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

To view the Progress docking live on the Internet, visit:


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