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NASA Space Station Commander, Crew to Take a Short Trip

By SpaceRef Editor
October 4, 2006
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NASA Space Station Commander, Crew to Take a Short Trip
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The International Space Station’s residents will take a brief ride around their home on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and NASA TV will provide live coverage of the short journey.

Expedition 14 Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria, Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter will shut down vital station systems and undock their Soyuz spacecraft from its port at the aft end of the Zvezda Service Module.

They will then take a 30-minute trip that will relocate the Soyuz to the Earth-facing docking port on the station’s Zarya module. The maneuver will free Zvezda’s docking port for the arrival of a new Russian Progress cargo spacecraft later this month.

NASA TV coverage of the Soyuz relocation will begin at 2:45 p.m. EDT on Oct. 10. Undocking is scheduled at 3:11 p.m. with re-docking planned at approximately 3:39 p.m.

For NASA TV downlink, streaming video and scheduling information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the International Space Station or the Expedition 14 crew, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

SpaceRef staff editor.