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Orbiter: Atlantis
Mission: STS-132
Payload: MRM 1
Launch: May 14, 2010
Time: 2:20 p.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center
Landing: May 26 @ approx. 8:48 a.m.
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Station crew clears the path for space shuttle mission
BY JUSTIN RAY
SPACEFLIGHT NOW

Posted: May 12, 2010


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The International Space Station residents moved their Soyuz capsule from one docking port to another Wednesday morning, freeing up the spot where space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts will install the new Rassvet module next Tuesday.

Commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi boarded the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft early in the day and donned their Sokol for the brief ride around the outpost.


Creamer, Kotov and Noguchi. Credit: NASA
 
Originally parked at the Earth-facing port of the station's Zarya module, the Soyuz's relocation was a critical pre-requisite for Atlantis' upcoming construction mission. The shuttle is bringing the Russian Mini Research Module 1, or Rassvet, that will be permanently attached to that Zarya port.

The new module has a dual role of accommodating a room for conducting science and serving as a docking compartment for future visiting vehicles. Now that the station has grown, Rassvet will give a lengthy extension away from other structures when spacecraft approach for docking.

With Kotov at the controls, Soyuz TMA-17 departed Zarya at 9:26 a.m. EDT while flying 220 miles over northern Africa. A camera on the capsule's nose afforded the crew the chance to inspect the docking port and ensured it's clear of obstructions or debris for Rassvet.

The capsule backed a safe distance away from the station's underside, completed a roll maneuver, then flew around to the backside of the complex to align with the rear port on the Zvezda module.

Russian flight controllers outside Moscow gave the cosmonaut approval to begin the final approach as orbital nighttime began. The spacecraft flew a tight corridor to successful latch ahold of the station again at 9:53 a.m. EDT over the Pacific southeast of Japan.

Leak and pressure checks will take a couple of orbits to complete before the hatchway can be opened around 12:40 p.m. EDT for the crew to float back inside the station.

The Soyuz TMA-17 capsule, which launched them to the outpost last December, will remain at the Zvezda port until Kotov, Creamer and Noguchi depart the station on June 1 for return to Earth.

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