Status Report

Space Station Status Report #00-47 1 November 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
November 1, 2000
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The Expedition
1 crew, Commander Bill Shepherd, Soyuz Commander Yuri Gidzenko and Flight
Engineer Sergei Krikalev, awoke at about 6 p.m. CST this evening to
complete preparations for the docking with the International Space Station
at 3:24 a.m. Thursday CST.


An automated rendezvous
sequence will begin at about 1 a.m. Thursday with the first of several
rendezvous maneuvers scheduled for 1:25 a.m. About 2:57 a.m., the Soyuz
will perform a partial flyaround of the station and begin station-keeping
about 500 feet at 3:06 a.m. The final approach is set to begin at 3:15
a.m. leading up to the docking.


After docking,
the hatch to the International Space Station will be opened at about
4:40 a.m. with Shepherd, Gidzenko, and Krikalev entering their new home
in space for the first time. The event will be covered live via audio
only but recorded on video. Video playback of the hatch opening will
be shown on NASA TV at 6:20 a.m.


Once inside the
station, the new residents will continue efforts of previous shuttle
crews and ground controllers to bring the station to life. Their first
steps in making the station a home include opening the hatch between
the Svezda and Zarya modules, checking out communications systems, activating
the food warmer, charging batteries for power tools, starting up water
processors, and activating the toilet.


The Expedition
1 mission and station preparations have continued without interruption
as the Soyuz spacecraft chased down the space station since Tuesday
morning’s launch. Three rendezvous burns were accomplished to bring
the Soyuz into range for docking. A Progress supply vehicle was undocked
late Tuesday from the station’s aft port where the Soyuz will dock,
and flight controllers in Houston activated and monitored life support
and air purification systems on board the station.


At 8 p.m. the
Expedition 1 crew’s Soyuz trails the ISS by a little less than 4,000
statute miles, closing at about 713 miles each 90-minute orbit.


The Expedition
crew will turn in for sleep at 10:45 a.m. Thursday for their first night
aboard their new home.


A post-docking
news conference originating from Moscow will be replayed on NASA TV
at about 5 a.m. CST. Coverage of the Expedition One crew’s voyage to
the International Space Station will continue on NASA TV and through
live video streaming on the Internet at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov.


All systems aboard
the Soyuz spacecraft are in excellent shape and the space station remains
in good condition. The next status report will be issued about 8 a.m.
Thursday, or as events warrant.

SpaceRef staff editor.