On May 29, 2004 our good friend, ISS-9 expedition commander Gennadiy Padalka sent a great picture of him with Fruits on board of International Space Station.Over the telephone conversation the same day Gennadiy also mentioned that the smell of fresh fruits and food arrived a day ago aboard Progress ship is very special- a great smell of Earth.
It`s a great honour to get a friendship note typed by Gennadiy on board and also great to see him well, happy and smiling far above the Earth in Cosmos.
Deatils on arrived to the station cargo ship Progress 14 are below:
After two days of playing catch-up with the International Space Station (ISS), a new supply ship has docked with the orbital outpost carrying more than two tons of precious supplies for the humans aboard.
The Russian-built Progress 14 cargo ship connected flawlessly to an aft docking berth on the space station`s Zvezda module on time at 9:55 a.m. (1355 GMT) May 27, 2004. A Soyuz rocket launched the unpiloted Progress vehicle into space on May 25 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The space station`s current crew, Expedition 9 commander Gennady Padalka and NASA science officer Michael Fincke, kept a close eye on the supply ship`s approach. Padalka was prepared to guide the vehicle in manual should the craft`s automated rendezvous system fail, but the docking proceeded without a hitch.
`It was a fantastic experience,` Fincke told NASA ISS controllers shortly after Progress 14 arrived. `We have a good docking.`
Padalka is expected to open the cargo vessel`s hatch just before 1:00 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) following a meal break and a leak check to verify that the seal between the ISS and Progress 14 is secure. He is then scheduled to power down the supply ship`s systems and prepare it for unloading.
NASA officials said expect it will take a full week for Padalka and Fincke to unload more than 3,000 pounds (1,360 kilograms) of fuel, water, fresh food and clothing for the Expedition 9 crew.
The arrival of a Progress supply ship to the ISS was one of the most memorable moments for cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri, the Expedition 8 flight engineer who along with NASA astronaut Michael Foale handed over station operations to the Expedition 9 crew in April. During an interview session earlier today, Kaleri told reporters that the smell of fresh food was a refreshing treat when he and Foale opened their first cargo delivery.
In addition to fresh food, the cargo delivery includes additional equipment for the station`s Russian Orlan space suits. Russian space officials stowed the equipment aboard Progress 14 before a decision by ISS mission controllers to use the suits for an upcoming spacewalk, one of three scheduled outings for the Expedition 9 crew.
Expedition planners had originally planned for Padalka and Fincke to don the U.S.-built Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) space suits during the four-and-a-half hour spacewalk to repair a power controller for one of four gyroscopes used to keep the station in the proper position. But unsuccessful attempts to fix glitches with the cooling system in Padalka`s EMU suit, as well as third EMU stowed aboard the ISS, and mission controllers opted to use the Orlan suits instead. The Expedition 9 crew is expected to conduct a spacewalk dress rehearsal with the Orlan suits on June 11 and the EVA is set for no earlier than June 16.
Progress 14 also delivered European television equipment that Padalka and Fincke will install on the outside of the space station to prepare the outpost to receive the Autonomous Transport Vehicle (ATV), a cargo ship under development by the European Space Agency. The first flight of the ATV is expected sometime in 2005.
Sitting at a safe distance from the ISS is an old Progress 13 spacecraft, a previous cargo vehicle that was cast off Monday to make room for Progress 14`s arrival. ISS mission controllers will use the supply ship, now packed with space station trash, to determine whether microgravity experiments can be conducted on Progress spacecraft after they`ve been undocked from the ISS. Progress 13 is scheduled to follow burn up in the Earth`s atmosphere during a deorbit maneuver next week.
Russian Progress and Soyuz spacecraft have been the only transports capable of reaching the ISS since NASA grounded its space shuttle fleet following the loss of Columbia. Shuttle flights are expected to resume in 2005.
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