Status Report

ISS Crew Works with Soyuz 5, Prepares for STS-113

By SpaceRef Editor
November 6, 2002
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Wednesday, Expedition Five Commander Valery Korzun, Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev and NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson continued their work with the Soyuz 5 crew aboard the International Space Station and prepared for their return home later this month with STS-113. Treschev and Soyuz 5 Flight Engineer Yuri Lonchakov removed unneeded equipment from the Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft in which the visiting crew will return to Earth.

The Expedition Five crewmembers continued organizing equipment for their departure from the station. Korzun and Whitson also had a session in which they prepared for their work with the station’s robot arm during STS-113’s visit to the station. The robot arm, Canadarm2, will be used to attach the P1 (P-One) Truss to the station. STS-113, which will deliver the P1 and the Expedition Six crew, is scheduled to arrive next week.

This weekend, the taxi crew will leave behind the Soyuz vehicle (Soyuz TMA-1) that they arrived in at the station. The Soyuz spacecraft serves as the station’s crew return vehicle and must be swapped out every six months. Undocking is scheduled to occur about 2:40 p.m. CST (2040 GMT) Saturday, with NASA TV’s coverage beginning at 2 p.m. (2000 GMT).

SpaceRef staff editor.