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Resupply Craft Go For Sunday Docking

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International Space Station Program officials from NASA and Roscosmos met Saturday morning and agreed to proceed toward a second docking attempt for the ISS Progress 38 cargo ship on Sunday, July 4, at approximately 12:10 p.m. EDT. They will meet again Sunday morning to reconfirm the status of the space station and spacecraft systems. NASA TV coverage of the second docking attempt for the Progress 38 cargo ship to the station will begin Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

The Progress 38 conducted two successful firings of its engines Friday night to put the craft in a parking orbit around 300 kilometers from the space station. Another engine firing is being conducted Saturday morning to start the process of returning the spacecraft back to the station for Sunday's docking attempt.

N5VHO – Sat, 2010 – 07 – 03 18:22

Resupply Craft Docking Aborted

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Mission controllers will not re-attempt to dock the ISS Progress 38 resupply ship to the International Space Station today. The station is being reconfigured for normal operations. The flight control team is in the early stages of diagnosing what may have caused the aborted docking with the space station.

Future docking opportunities are being evaluated. The Progress vehicle is in a safe configuration well away from the space station. The crew was never in any danger.

NASA TV coverage continues on both the public and media news channels. Watch online at

N5VHO – Fri, 2010 – 07 – 02 14:15

NASA Awards Space Station Mission Integration Contract

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WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded a contract with a maximum value of $273 million to Barrios Technology, Ltd., of Houston for International Space Station mission integration services support.

This is a fixed-price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract that includes a base period of more than five years and two one-year options. The base period, from Oct. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2015, is valued at $185.5 million. Option 1, from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016, is valued at approximately $42.7 million. Option 2, from Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2017, is valued at $45 million.

Barrios Technology will provide support for engineering and technical services required to support the International Space Station Program. This includes products and services for space station mission planning; integration and operations; international partner integration; and Russian language and logistics services.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2010 – 06 – 28 18:07

New Space Station Crew Members Launch From Kazakhstan

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NASA astronauts Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin launched to the International Space Station aboard their Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft at 4:35 p.m. CDT Tuesday (3:35 a.m. Wednesday local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Wheelock, Walker and Soyuz commander Yurchikhin are scheduled to dock with their new home at 5:25 p.m. Thursday, June 17. They will join Expedition 24 crewmates Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a NASA astronaut, and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, the station commander, and Mikhail Kornienko aboard the orbiting laboratory.

PY4MAB – Thu, 2010 – 06 – 17 09:59

International Space Station Expedition 23 Crew Lands Safely

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WASHINGTON -- Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi landed their Soyuz-17 spacecraft in Kazakhstan Tuesday, June 1, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

Kotov, the Soyuz commander, was at the controls of the spacecraft as it undocked at 8:04 p.m. EDT from the aft port on the station's Zvezda module. The crew landed at 11:25 p.m., east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

Russian recovery teams were on hand to help the crew exit the Soyuz vehicle and adjust to gravity after 163 days in space. Kotov will return to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, outside of Moscow. NASA astronaut Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Noguchi will return to Houston on Wednesday.

N5VHO – Wed, 2010 – 06 – 02 10:46

Progress ship docks with the ISS

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The International Space Station's Russian commander took manual control of an approaching cargo ship Saturday, overriding the freighter's autopilot after it experienced an apparent problem getting oriented toward the outpost.

Expedition 23 commander Oleg Kotov was instructed by Russian flight controllers at 2:12 p.m. EDT to activate the TORU system, which uses video screens and joysticks to remotely fly the Progress M-05M spacecraft from inside the space station. The vessel was unable to get situated in the proper attitude after completing one of the propulsion maneuvers when nearing the station, NASA reported.

YO9ICT – Sun, 2010 – 05 – 02 15:41

New Crew Arrives at ISS

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On the eve of the shuttle Discovery's launch on a space station resupply mission, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft completed a smooth docking with the international lab complex early Sunday, boosting the station's crew from three to six.

With commander Alexander Skvortsov monitoring a problem-free, automated approach, the Soyuz TMA-18 docked to the International Space Station's new Poisk module at 1:25 a.m. EDT (05:25 GMT) as the two spacecraft sailed 222 miles (355 km) above Kazakhstan.

YO9ICT – Sun, 2010 – 04 – 04 07:53

Expedition 23 Launches from Kazakhstan

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NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko, all flight engineers, launched in their Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, April 2 at 12:04 a.m. EDT to begin a two-day journey to the International Space Station.

› View launch video at

Less than 10 minutes after launch, their spacecraft reached orbit and its antennas and solar arrays were deployed.

Russian cosmonaut and Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, both flight engineers, are currently the sole residents on the station, having arrived Dec. 22 aboard their Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft.

N5VHO – Fri, 2010 – 04 – 02 11:40

NASA TV Provides Coverage of One Space Station Crew's Return to Earth and Another's Journey There

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NASA Television will cover the landing of two current International Space Station crew members and the launch of three upcoming station residents later in March and April. Coverage begins with a broadcast of crew farewells and hatch closure aboard the station March 17, and continues with the arrival, docking and hatch opening of the new Expedition 23 crew members on April 4.

Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Soyuz Commander Max Suraev are scheduled to land in the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft March 18 in Kazakhstan, completing almost a half-year aboard the station.

Expedition 23 and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov, and Flight Engineers Mikhail Kornienko of Russia and Tracy Caldwell Dyson of NASA will launch April 2 on the Soyuz TMA-18 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They will dock to the station April 4, joining Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov, and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who have been in orbit aboard the orbiting laboratory since December 2009.

PY4MAB – Thu, 2010 – 03 – 11 21:13

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