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Resupply Craft Arrives At ISS

November 2, 2011

NASA said on Wednesday that a new Russian resupply craft arrived at the International Space Station.

The ISS Progress 45 docked to the spacecraft after launching Sunday from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

The crew opened the 45P hatches to being the transfer of 1,653 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen, 926 pounds of water and 3,108 pounds of maintenance gear.

Progress will stay docked at the station until January 25 when it will undock and help dispose trash and discarded gear by burning up in the atmosphere.

NASA said the next spaceship to visit the ISS will be the Soyuz TMA-22 on November 16.  The team will join Expedition 29 crewmates for five days, until Expedition 30 begins after the return of two astronauts.

The space agency said Commander Mike Fossum loaded new software and configured a laptop computer on a science rack in the Destiny laboratory. 

According to NASA, the commander took photographs of space-grown crystals as part of the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test experiment.  The current version of the study may help manufacturers design new materials with molecular precision at the nanoscale, NASA said.

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Source: RedOrbit Staff & Wire Reports



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