Cargo ship en route to International Space Station
BY SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: February 2, 2003
The Progress M-47 resupply ship lifted off on-time at 1259 GMT (7:59 a.m. EST) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and achieved orbit nine minutes later.
If all goes as planned, the craft will dock to the aft port of the Zvezda service module on the back end of the station at 1450 GMT (9:50 a.m. EST) Tuesday. It will be the tenth Progress launched to the station.
The ninth Progress was discard from the station on Saturday, taking trash and unneeded items off the orbiting complex before it was deorbited.
Scientists hope that Pettit will return the Glovebox to operation, allowing it to be used in support all of the experiments planned for this Expedition.
In addition to Pettit, the Expedition 6 crew includes commander Ken Bowersox and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin. This is their 71st day in space and 69th day aboard the station.
NASA says they were informed of the loss of Columbia and its crew about an hour after the tragedy.
Expedition 6 was scheduled to be replaced by the three-man Expedition 7 crew during a March mission by shuttle Atlantis. Plans to either exchange the crews or simply bring Expedition 6 back to Earth haven't been decided.
NASA officials said Saturday that the station would have enough supplies for the Expedition 6 crew to continue living on the complex through late June.