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From KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL.
The six-member crew of the International Space Station took shelter in two Russian Soyuz spacecraft early Tuesday because of a predicted close approach by an unknown piece of space debris. Radar tracking indicated the debris could pass within about 820 feet of the space station at 8:08 a.m. EDT (GMT-4), but no impact was detected and the crew was told to resume normal operations.
Soaring high above the Earth aboard the International Space Station Friday, the Expedition 28 crew unloaded items from the newly arrived ISS Progress 43 cargo ship. The spacecraft docked to the orbital complex at 12:37 p.m. EDT Thursday delivering three tons of fuel, air and supplies. The unpiloted Russian resupply vehicle docked automatically to the aft port of the station’s Zvezda service module via the Kurs automated rendezvous system.
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1. Upcoming School Contact
2. Japanese Contact Successful
3. ARISS International Team Teleconference Held
4. News of U.S. ARISS Proposal Process Distributed
5. Astronaut Training Status
6. ARISS Items in ARRL Letter
7. AMSAT Covers ARISS Proposal
1. Upcoming School Contact
The ISS Progress 43 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station at 12:37 p.m. EDT Thursday delivering three tons of fuel, air and supplies to the Expedition 28 crew. The unpiloted Russian resupply vehicle docked automatically to the aft port of the station’s Zvezda service module via the Kurs automated rendezvous system.
The ISS Progress 43 spacecraft, loaded with three tons of fuel, air and supplies for the Expedition 28 crew aboard the International Space Station launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at at 10:38 a.m. EDT Tuesday. The unpiloted Russian vehicle will dock automatically to the aft port of the station’s Zvezda service module Thursday via the Kurs automated rendezvous system.
HOUSTON -- NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly has announced his plans to retire from the agency on Oct. 1. He is a veteran of four space shuttle missions.
"We salute Commander Mark Kelly and his contributions to NASA as an extremely accomplished member of the astronaut corps and the final commander of the space shuttle Endeavour," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "We deeply respect his achievements and his decision to focus on his family. We continue to send out our thoughts and prayers to Mark and his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as she makes a remarkable recovery. We know that Mark will continue to do great things for his country no matter what he chooses to do next. He has helped us build a space program poised to take advantage of the many opportunities in our bright future."
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA managers will hold a news conference on Tuesday, June 28, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss the status of the final space shuttle launch.
The ARRL reports that the International Space Station could be on-the-air on 2m FM or packet for Field Day weekend June 25-26.
Filled with trash and unneeded cargo, the "Johannes Kepler" Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV-2) undocked from the aft port of the International Space Station’s Zvezda service module at 10:46 a.m. EDT Monday and will be deorbited for a destructive re-entry in Earth’s atmosphere. The European Space Agency supply ship delivered seven tons of cargo when it docked on Feb. 24.
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