Expedition 23 Crew
Soyuz TMA-17 (21S) relocation went smoothly, freeing up the FGB Nadir port for the installation of the MRM1 (Mini-Research Module 1) “Rassvet” during the upcoming STS-132/ULF-4 mission. After a brief ride in their crew return vehicle, CDR Kotov, FE-5 Noguchi & FE-6 Creamer docked at the SM (Service Module) Aft port at 9:53am EDT, completing the spacecraft’s relocation in about 27 minutes.
The station crew, Commander Oleg Kotov and Russian Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko, Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and NASA Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Tracy Caldwell Dyson, are shifting their sleep schedule in preparation for welcoming Atlantis' astronauts.
Sunday’s docking with the International Space Station is scheduled for 10:27 a.m.
Atlantis launched on time Friday at 2:20 p.m. to the station. The shuttle is delivering the new Russian Mini-Research Module, also known as Rassvet and translated as “Dawn”.
During the 12-day mission, the STS-132 crew members also will work to replace batteries on the station’s truss structure and store a spare dish antenna outside.
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