Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Reinforcements prepare for trip to ISS

The new Soyuz TMA-01 on the pad.

Currently the first three members of Expedition 25 have the ISS all to themselves. The next three are preparing for a launch tomorrow at about 7:10 p.m. EDT. Their Soyuz rocket moved out to the pad this week and is going through checklists and preparations for takeoff. Aboard the Russian-made capsule will be astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka. They are expected to dock with ISS on Saturday night.

At this time the only other spacecraft docked to ISS (not counting the Soyuz capsule acting as escape pod) is a Progress 39 cargo capsule which arrived last month. Once all the cargo has been unloaded and unwanted trash stored aboard, it will be jettisoned and will end up burning up in the atmosphere.

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