On Wednesday, Dec. 29, live on NASA TV, starting at 11:45 a.m. EST, Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov and I are hosting a press conference from the International Space Station.
Thanks. We are glad the Progress made it on board.
On Wednesday, Dec. 29, live on NASA TV, starting at 11:45 a.m. EST, my crewmate Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov and I are hosting a press conference from the International Space Station.
We'll be unloading our shipment of supplies from the Russian Progress cargo spacecraft, which arrived Christmas night.
Since mid-October, we've been living on the Station conducting science experiments, maintaining operating systems and are prepping for spacewalks scheduled for January and March.
Tune into our news conference which will be telestreamed live on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
NASA TV is available via the Web and satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.
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Celebrating the Year of the Rooster in Space with Expedition 10 commander Leroy Chiao and flight engineer Salizhan Sharipov.
Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov delivered a special message in honor of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrated Tuesday. The all-Asian crewmembers of the International Space Station commemorated a New Year as they passed their four-month mark in space. The message included greetings in Russian and Mandarin, which Chiao speaks fluently.
Chiao and Sharipov began the workweek with a checkout of the onboard defibrillator as well as continued preparation and packing of items to be transferred to Space Shuttle Discovery's Multipurpose Logistics Module during the Shuttle Return to Flight mission scheduled for May or June. The preparations included several hours early in the week with stowage and audit activities of spacesuit equipment in the Quest Airlock, including inventory of tool and maintenance kits.
Other technical tasks completed during the week included installation of a Navigation Receiving Module in the Russian segment for Station attitude determination. Chiao continued work in the Quest, regenerating two Metal Oxide or METOX canisters for use in U.S. spacesuits. Those canisters scrub air exhaled into the spacesuit system of carbon dioxide and recharge the oxygen.
The crew also deactivated the Russian Elektron oxygen generation system Wednesday. The planned deactivation allows the use of...
Santa's Sleigh on the way to the International Space Station
Santa's sleigh, in the form of a Russian cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station.
The Progress spaceship launched at 4:19:31 p.m. CST from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, and less than 10 minutes later settled into orbit. The Station was flying over western Chile at an altitude of 225 statute miles at the time of lift off.
Engine firings are scheduled overnight to raise and refine the Progress' orbit and its path to the Station for an automated docking at 5:31 p.m. CST Dec. 25. It will dock to the aft port of the Station's Zvezda living quarters module.
The Progress is carrying 5,000 pounds of food, fuel, oxygen, water, spare parts and holiday presents to the crew. It's loaded with 1,234 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air, 926 pounds of water, and more than 2,700 pounds of spare parts, life support system components and experiment hardware. The manifest also includes about a 112-day supply of food in 69 containers to replenish the Station pantry. Other items on the Progress include new laptop computers, replacement parts for the U.S. spacesuits and additional components for the arrival next year of the European Automated Transfer Vehicle, another type of automated cargo craft.
The Progress spacecraft that had been at the Station since August was undocked yesterday by Russian flight controllers at 1:37 p.m. CST. Filled with discarded items, it was commanded to...
On Christmas Night, Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov welcome the arrival of the Russian Progress cargo spacecraft at the International Space Station.
The Progress, carrying approximately 5,000 pounds of cargo, includes food, fuel, spare equipment and Christmas gifts. Chiao and Sharipov have been aboard the Station since mid-October.
Santa's sleigh arrived at the International Space Station for Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov in the form of an unpiloted Russian cargo ship Christmas night, delivering 2.5 tons of food, fuel, oxygen, water, supplies and holiday gifts.
The ISS Progress 16 craft automatically docked to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 5:58 p.m. CST (2331 GMT) as the spaceship and the Station flew 225 statute miles over Central Asia. Within minutes, hooks and latches between the two ships engaged, forming a tight seal between the two vehicles.
As the Progress moved in for its linkup, Sharipov was at the controls of a manual docking system in Zvezda, ready to take over the Progress final approach. With the docking flawless, Chiao shot video and still photos of the Progress arrival.
Launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, the Progress is loaded with 1,234 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air to help maintain the Stations atmosphere, 926 pounds of water and more than 2,700 pounds of spare parts, life support system components and...
Astroanut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Chi Lien Mountains: Just behind Ching Hai Hu lie the Chi Lien mountains. Behind this range is located the Chinese launch center, near Jiuquan. I have not yet found the launch site to photograph, but I know where it is now and will try in the future. This photo was taken with a 400mm lens, as one can see from the detail.
Just behind Ching Hai Hu lie the Chi Lien mountains. Behind this range is located the Chinese launch center, near Jiuquan. I have not yet found the launch site to photograph, but I know where it is now and will try in the future. This photo was taken with a 400mm lens, as one can see from the detail.
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