Archive - Sep 9, 2008
Along with their continued science and maintenance work aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 17 crew members did a routine fire drill, inspected hatch seals and stowed the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) control panel Monday. They also practiced using the station's robot arm to maneuver and grapple the External Stowage Platform-3 in preparation for its relocation on a future increment.
The Jules Verne ATV undocked from the aft port of the Zvezda service module Friday, setting the stage for the upcoming launch of the Progress 30 cargo craft. Progress 30, which is slated to launch Wednesday at 3:50 p.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, will carry more than 2.6 tons of food, fuel and supplies to the Expedition 17 crew. The cargo ship is scheduled to dock with the station Friday.
Sept. 8, 2008
At NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, workers continue preparing Atlantis for its targeted Oct. 10 launch on the mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Just a few miles away in the Orbiter Processing Facility, work on space shuttle Endeavour is in the final stages before its move to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Thursday, followed one week later by its rollout to Launch Pad 39B. Endeavour set for launch on its STS-126 mission to the International Space Station in November, but will be on standby at Launch Pad 39B in the unlikely event that a rescue mission for Atlantis would be necessary.