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Space Station Crew Gets Rid Of Trash

File image of a Progress at the Pirs deocking compartment.
by Staff Writers
Houston (UPI) Jul 13, 2007
The International Space Station crew is preparing for the arrival of another Russian cargo spacecraft by discarding no longer needed items. The discarded hardware and miscellaneous items are being loaded into the Progress 24 cargo craft that will be cast off Aug. 1, to eventually be incinerated when it enters the Earth's atmosphere. With all trash gathered and stowed from the U.S. side, cosmonaut Oleg Kotov is now collecting and stowing waste from the Russian segment.

The jettison of Progress 24 will make room at the space station's Pirs docking compartment for the Aug. 5 arrival of the Progress 26 cargo vehicle.

In other space station procedures, Astronaut Clay Anderson activated a new Oxygen Generation System, or OGS, in the U.S. lab Wednesday, augmenting the ability to produce oxygen for the complex from the Russian Elektron system.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration controllers in Houston said the new system will be vital in supporting a six-person ISS crew beginning in the spring of 2009. Activities also performed from the ground this week included powering up the oxygen rack, configuring the software and testing a timer, followed by several hours of evaluation.

Source: United Press International

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Progress Spacecraft To Bring Computer Equipment To ISS In August
Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti) Jul 11, 2007
The Progress M-61 space cargo ship will deliver additional equipment to the International Space Station (ISS) August 2 to ensure the stable work of the onboard computer network, a Russian space corporation said Tuesday. "Final preparations for fuelling and placing deliverable hardware and cargo on board the spacecraft are under way," the Energia space corporation said in a statement.







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