Houston--Crewmembers on the Expedition One mission aboard
the International Space Station will be taking a short weekend drive away from
the station on Saturday morning. The trip is necessary in order to move the
Soyuz rescue/backup return spacecraft from its docking port to make room for a
Progress supply ship to be launch from Russia.
NASA (www.nasa.gov) plans
coverage on NASA Television beginning at 3 a.m. EST from the control room at the
Johnson Space Center. Starting a 5:08 a.m., Soyuz Pilot Yuri Gidzenko,
accompanied by Mission Commander Bill Shepherd and Flight Engineer Sergei
Krikalev, will undock the spacecraft from the aft facing docking port of the
Zvezda Service Module. He'll then fly the Soyuz around the station and redock at
the Earth-facing port on the Zarya Control Module. The entire maneuver is
expected to take 30 minutes to complete.
This repositioning will allow the resupply ship to dock at the
Zvezda aft port on February 28. It will be carrying supplies for the next
Expedition crew set for Shuttle launch to the station in March. After more than
four months in orbit, the Expedition One crew will return to Earth on the same
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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