Soyuz Move at Station on Friday

Nov 17, 2005
Expedition 12 arrives at the station in the Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft prior to docking

Even though they'll be traveling at five miles a second and flying independently for about 25 minutes, they won't be going very far.

Image: Expedition 12 arrives at the station in the Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft prior to docking.

Space station Commander Bill McArthur and Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev will move their Soyuz TMA spacecraft from the station's Pirs docking compartment to the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module on Friday.

The move is being made to clear Pirs, which also serves as an airlock, for a spacewalk by Tokarev and McArthur in Russian spacesuits.

The Soyuz is scheduled to undock from Pirs about 3:45 a.m. EST. The station crewmembers, wearing their Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, are scheduled to reach Zarya's nadir docking port at about 4:10 a.m.

Preparations for the move begin Thursday with McArthur and Tokarev putting station systems in unmanned configuration. That is done to prepare for the unlikely eventuality that the Soyuz could not redock at the station. If that were to occur, the crew would have to return to Earth.

Source: NASA

Explore further: New window on the early Universe

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Expedition 40 all set to go

May 27, 2014

From unusual training to upholding cherished traditions, everything is being done to ensure that ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and his crewmates arrive at the International Space Station on Thursday safely ...

Three astronauts land back on Earth in Soyuz capsule

May 14, 2014

Three astronauts, including a Russian and an American, touched down safely on Earth Wednesday aboard a Soyuz capsule, the first such landing since Russia's relationship with the West slumped amid the Ukraine ...

Recommended for you

New window on the early Universe

20 minutes ago

Scientists at the Universities of Bonn and Cardiff see good times approaching for astrophysicists after hatching a new observational strategy to distill detailed information from galaxies at the edge of ...

Packing for Mars

40 minutes ago

Like surgeons in an operating room, the technicians work gowned and masked in ESA's ultraclean microbiology laboratory, ensuring a high-tech sensor will not contaminate the Red Planet with terrestrial microbes.

Historical comet-landing site is looking for a name

2 hours ago

The Rosetta mission reaches a defining moment on Wednesday November 12, when its lander, Philae, is released. After about seven hours of descent, Philae will arrive on the surface of Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ...

Chandra's archives come to life

2 hours ago

Every year, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory looks at hundreds of objects throughout space to help expand our understanding of the Universe. Ultimately, these data are stored in the Chandra Data Archive, ...

New robotic telescope revolutionizes the study of stars

3 hours ago

In the last 8 months a fully robotic telescope in Tenerife has been carrying out high-precision observations of the motion of stellar surfaces. The telescope is the first in the SONG telescope network and ...

User comments : 0