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

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

Mar. 1, 2005
International Space Station Status Report: SS05-010
The 17th Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station. It launched at 2:09 p.m. EST Monday from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

The craft is scheduled for automated docking at the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 3:15 p.m. EST, Wednesday. NASA TV will provide live coverage starting at 2:30 p.m. EST.

The Progress is filled with 386 pounds of propellant; 242 pounds of oxygen and air; 1,071 pounds of water; and more than 2,932 pounds of spare parts, life support system components and experiment hardware, including a new heat exchanger device. It will replace a faulty component in the U.S. airlock needed to resume spacewalks in U.S. space suits.

The manifest includes an additional six-month supply of food to replenish the Station's pantry. Progress will deliver cameras and lenses that will be used by the Expedition 11 crew to capture digital images of the Space Shuttle Discovery during its approach to the Station for docking during the Return to Flight mission in May. The photos will be part of the imagery effort to ensure the Shuttle has no threatening damage to its heat shield tiles or the reinforced carbon-carbon coating on its wings.

The Progress spacecraft attached to the Station since December was undocked Sunday at 11:06 a.m. EST. Filled with discarded items, the spacecraft moved to a safe distance away from the Station for 10 days of engineering tests by Russian flight controllers. It will be deorbited on March 9 and burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

Information about crew activities on the Space Station, future launch dates and Station sighting opportunities from Earth, is available on the Internet at:


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