Archive - Mar 30, 2008 - Story
NASA will hold a briefing at 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 2, to preview the activities of the next residents of the International Space Station and to look back at the accomplishments of the current station crew. The briefing will originate from NASA's Johnson Space Center and will be broadcast live on NASA Television. Questions will be taken from reporters at participating NASA locations.
Conducted on the eve of the docking of the Jules Verne European Automated Transfer Vehicle to the station, the briefing will focus on the upcoming Expedition 17 mission. Expedition 17 Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko, along with South Korean Spaceflight Participant So-yeon Yi, will launch April 8 on a Soyuz spacecraft from Kazakhstan. They will join NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, who has been aboard the station since March 12.
The Expedition 16 crew members aboard the International Space Station continued their preparations to receive Europe's new unpiloted resupply ship, the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV).
At 2 a.m. EDT, Thursday, the ATV fired it engines, bringing it out of a parking orbit and putting it into position to make its first demonstration approach to the station. During its first approach, which is scheduled for Saturday, the ATV will fire its engines several times to bring it approximately two miles from the station. Once in position, the ATV will conduct thruster firings and other systems tests before it pulls back into a phasing orbit.