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October 21-27, 2013 / Vol 32, No 42 / Hawai`i Island, USA

18 Oct 2013, 20:41 UTC
October 21-27, 2013 / Vol 32, No 42 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Update: Altitude Reboost, Crew Arrival and Departure, Olympic Torch EVA

Despite Gravity, the International Space Station remains the busiest place in space with international crews and cargo resupply ships coming and going, preparations for the Russia Multipurpose Laboratory Module (Nauka) and about 130-150 experiments running at any given time. The 1st Orbital Sciences Corp Cygnus freighter is scheduled to undock October 22 and burn up during atmospheric reentry Oct 23 after spending about 30 days at ISS and delivering 589 kg of supplies. ATV-4, Albert Einstein, is scheduled to perform an ISS altitude reboost Oct 25, undock Oct 28 and dispose of about 6,500 kg of waste after delivering 3,150 kg of supplies and 860 kg of refuel propellant. The fifth and final ATV, Georges Lemaitre, is scheduled to launch to ISS June 2014. Russia is expected to deorbit the Pirs module before the end of 2013 in preparation for Nauka, scheduled to launch April 2014. Breaking from the norm, ISS will house a 9-member crew for a few days in November when Expedition 38/39 Mastracchio, Tyurin and Wakata deliver the 2014 Winter Olympics torch Nov 7 for a Nov 9 EVA by Kotov and Ryanzansky. The torch will ...

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