December 6, 2013
(28 July 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (right), Expedition 32 commander; along with cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko (left) and Sergei Revin, both flight engineers, are pictured near the manual TORU docking system controls in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station following the approach and re-docking operations of the unpiloted Progress 47 resupply vehicle on July 28, 2012. The Progress temporarily undocked from the station's Pirs Docking Compartment on July 22 in order to perform a series of engineering tests during re-docking designed to verify an upgraded automated rendezvous system that will facilitate future dockings of Russian vehicles to the space station. The cargo ship re-docked at 9:01 p.m. (EDT) on July 28 in a test of the new Kurs-NA automated rendezvous system.
Topics: Progress spacecraft, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Kurs, TORU, Pirs, Progress M-67, Progress M-63, Space rendezvous, Gennady Padalka, Yuri Malenchenko