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M-59 Drops Off The Shopping

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by Staff Writers
Korolev, Russia (SPX) Jan 23, 2007
Following a two-day free flight in a near-earth orbit cargo transport vehicle Progress M-59, launched from Baikonur launch site on January 18, 2007, docked to the International Space Station (ISS). The vehicle rendezvous with the ISS, its fly-about, station-keeping and birthing were performed in the automatic mode.

The vehicle approached the docking port of the Russian Module Pirs. At 05:58 Moscow time it came into contact with the docking port.

The ISS Expedition 14 crew (ISS - 14) consisting of Mikhail Turin (flight engineer, S.P.Korolev RSC Energia test cosmonaut), Michael Lopez-Alegria (commander, NASA astronaut), Sunita Williams (flight specialist, NASA astronaut) working onboard the station, monitored the rendezvous and docking processes.

Progress M-59 delivered 2.56 tons of various cargoes, including 1120 kg of propellant, 51 kg of oxygen, 266 kg of foodstuff, 344 kg of atmospheric revitalization system equipment (including Electron system oxygen generators and solid fuel oxygen generators), 100 kg of crew health care aids, parcels for the crew. Three hundred and seventeen kilograms of cargo are designed for the ISS US Segment.

The ISS-14 crew will have to unload the vehicle and accommodate the delivered cargoes on the Station, and stow the wasted materials and equipment to the vehicle compartment.

The ISS Orbital Complex of about 217.0 tons performs a near-orbit flight with the following parameters: maximum altitude of 370.4 km, minimum altitude of 326.4 km, period of revolution of 91.2 min.

The ISS Russian Segment flight is commanded by the lead operational control team (LOCT) from the Mission Control Center in Moscow (MCC-M) in Korolev, Moscow region in interaction with the US Mission Control Center in Houston (MCC-M).

Progress M-59 vehicle rendezvous, birthing and docking to the Station were performed under control of N.N. Sevastyanov, President of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, General Designer for Manned Space Vehicles and Technical Manger for Flight Tests.

Upon completion of the docking, N.N. Sevastyanov, President of RSC Energia, and V.A.Soloviev, Flight Director, answered the questions of journalists of press agencies and TV companies present at MCC-M.

For reference: The Russian Segment of the ISS is made up of the Functional Cargo Module Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, docking compartment-module Pirs, transport vehicles Soyuz TMA-9, Progress M-58 and Progress M-59.

The US On-Orbit Segment is made up of modules Unity and Destiny, airlock Quest and multi-link truss structure with deployed solar arrays. The vehicles onboard systems and station modules operate as designed.

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