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Station Crew Gets Ready for Same Day Progress Launch and Docking

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Aug 1, 2012 5:24 am via: NASA
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The Pirs docking compartment has opened up after the ISS Progress 47 resupply ship undocked Monday afternoon. This leaves room for a new cargo ship, the ISS Progress 48, which will launch Wednesday at 3:35 p.m. EDT and dock to Pirs less than six hours later after just four orbits.

The six Expedition 32 crew members will shift their sleep schedules to accommodate the arrival of the Progress 48. Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Sergei Revin and Yuri Malenchenko will carefully monitor the Russian cargo ship’s approach and docking. Flight Engineers Suni Williams, Joe Acaba and Aki Hoshide will photograph and videotape the Progress 48’s arrival.

The International Space Station will host three different cargo ships when the Progress 48 arrives. Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle-3 (HTV-3) arrived Friday evening and is berthed to the Harmony Node. Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 (ATV-3), also known as the “Edoardo Amaldi”, docked to the Zvezda service module on March 28.

Padalka and Malenchenko trained Tuesday on the TORU manual rendezvous system. If necessary, the TORU allows a crew member to remotely guide a Russian cargo craft in for a docking. Revin worked on science and maintenance in the station’s Russian segment.

Williams talked to WCAI Radio and CNN about food and exercise in space and missing some of the things we take for granted on Earth. Throughout the day she also worked on HTV-3 cargo transfers, documented her diet and fed spiders for an experiment.

Hoshide scanned his leg with an ultrasound for the Sprint experiment. He also participated in a health questionnaire and crew orientation activities.

Acaba worked with Williams transferring cargo from the Kounotori3. He also inspected and photographed samples from a Fluids and Combustion Facility experiment known as the Advanced Colloids Experiment (ACE).

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