Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Crew Ready to Move Soyuz Spacecraft

The International Space Station's Expedition 22 crew members had an abbreviated workday Wednesday, then adjusted their sleep schedule for an early wakeup to begin the work of moving a docked Soyuz spacecraft.

Soyuz Commander and Expedition 22 Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev will undock the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft at 5:03 a.m. EST Thursday from the aft port of the Zvezda service module then fly it to the Poisk module for an inaugural docking at 5:25 a.m. Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams will accompany Suraev for the short ride. Live coverage of the move will begin at 4:45 a.m. on NASA TV.

Amongst the Soyuz relocation preparations, the crew had some time scheduled for Earth observation and photography. Wednesday’s selected site for observation was the Haiti disaster area.

On Saturday, Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer and Williams will use the Canadarm2 robotic arm to relocate Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 from the port side of the Unity node to the space-facing side of the Harmony node. This will clear the way for the installation of the Italian-built Tranquility node to be delivered by space shuttle Endeavour and the STS-130 crew in February.

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