ISS Update

Crew Continues Progress Loading

Well, we’re certainly getting our dollar’s worth up there today.

The Expedition 7 crew continued to pack the Progress 10 cargo ship Tuesday with unneeded items. Progress 10 will be commanded to undock from the aft end of the International Space Station’s Zvezda Service Module on Aug. 27 to make room for the Progress 12 spacecraft, which is slated to launch Aug. 28 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Progress 12 will dock with the Station Aug. 30. Following undocking, Progress 10 will be commanded to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

So they basically took out the trash.

The report also notes that the crew “continued to maintain ISS systems,” “oversaw science experiments,” and “performed its daily exercise regimen.”

Two guys up there simply aren’t enough to run the station, expand the station, and do serious science work. The next crew, scheduled to launch in October, also consists of two men. Three will go up, but one will return with the current crew in a Soyuz capsule, leaving just two aboard the ISS. And they aren’t sure exactly how they’ll be getting home. Hopefully, the shuttles will be flying by the end of their six-month mission, but who knows?

Also, I just watched the online preview of “Failure is not an Option – The Untold Story of Mission Control,” the History Channel’s documentary on the efforts of the ground engineers during the manned space flights of the 60s and early 70s. It’s on this Sunday, and it looks like it should be good.