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Hitch Hiker Space Debris
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"The object, which could pass 240 metres above the station, is a piece of abandoned American cargo launched in 1963. But following our calculations, the chance of a collision is practically zero.... There is therefore no need to change the flight path of the ISS" - Vsevolod Latychev, space flight control centre spokesman.

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The piece of space debris weighing 79 kilograms passed harmlessly by the ISS.

-- Edited by Blobrana at 00:22, 2006-06-30

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An old U.S. satellite, Hitch Hiker, launched in 1963, has flown past the International Space Station (ISS).
Russian and American monitoring systems had been monitoring the situation during the satellite flyby.

"Our calculations have been correct - the object flew past the station" - Nikolai Ivanov, ballistics expert with Russia's mission control centre.

The ISS crew had not been instructed to take pictures of Hitch Hiker as it was moving at a very high speed.

"The speed was more than 14 km per second, and it was impossible to record it" - Nikolai Ivanov.

The U.S. Space Catalogue contained more than 10,000 various objects of different size, including the ISS.

"Only 10% of these objects, each of which has a number, are operable spacecraft, and the rest are just 'space garbage'" - Nikolai Ivanov.

If the mission control calculations had been incorrect, the satellite could have pierced the ISS.

"The ISS had a special procedure, developed in advance, for emergency manoeuvres to swerve away from 'space garbage'. The ISS has used six such manoeuvres in its history - four with the help of Progress spacecraft and two using shuttles"

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Elekron Broken
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The Russian Elekron-VM oxygen generator on the International Space Station (ISS) has broken down again.
Last week a new hydrogen vent valve was fitted to the generator.
The oxygen is now being supplied from the two Progress re-supply ships currently docked to the station.

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The two-man crew of the International Space Station completed an over six-hour EVA Thursday evening outside the station, performing repairs and replacing experiments. Jeff Williams and Pavel Vinogradov started the spacewalk at 6:48 pm EDT (2248 GMT) Thursday, spending six hours and 31 minutes outside the ISS.
The two completed their primary tasks, including replacing an external ventilation valve used by the station's Elektron oxygen generator, repositioning a cable, and retrieving experiment packages mounted on the station's exterior. Because the two were running behind schedule, controllers considered dropping the last task on their schedule, the replacement of a camera on the US segment of the station, but instead extended the six-hour EVA by a half-hour, allowing the two to complete that task. The only significant glitch encountered during the EVA was a foothold on a telescoping boom that came loose and floated away, despite being locked in place.


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According to Russian officials the Space station commander Pavel Vinogradov will not smack a golf ball into orbit outside the International Space Station during a planned spacewalk this week.

Vinogradov, commander of the stationís Expedition 13 mission, was to hit a golf ball into space during a June 1 spacewalk as part of an agreement between Russiaís Federal Space Agency and a Canadian golf equipment firm.

"We have made changes to the program, and cosmonauts are not launching any balls into space this time" - Valery Lyndin, Spokesman for the Flights Management Centre.

The golf shot is now scheduled for the next Russian ISS spacewalk, set for November, by Expedition 14 astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria and Mikhail Tyurin.
The golf ball, flying from the ISS at 8 km per hour could be a threat to the orbital space machines, including the ISS itself.
A gold-plated Element 21 six iron, several golf balls, an equipment bag, tee and specially-built platform were hauled to the ISS alongside regular supplies by unmanned Russian cargo ships in anticipation of the orbital birdie.

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An unmanned Russian cargo ship arrived Wednesday at the international space station, bearing supplies and Easter gifts from the families of the American and Russian crewmen, Associated Press news agency reported Tuesday.

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The Progress M-56 ship, which was launched from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan two days ago, hooked up with the orbiting station on schedule, Russian Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said.
In addition to some 2.5 tons of food, water, books, DVDs and scientific equipment, the ship is also bringing Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams parcels from their families.

Vinogradov and Williams on April 1 began a six-month mission aboard the space station.
Russiaís Progress cargo ships and Soyuz space capsules have been the stationís lifeline since the U.S. space shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003. The NASA shuttle program was suspended for more than two years; the shuttle Discovery flew to the station in July, but problems with its insulation raised doubts about when the next shuttle would go into space.

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The Progress M-56 successfully docked to the aft port of the Zvezda service module of the ISS on April 26, 2006, at 21:41:31 Moscow Time.

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Russia's state space agency said on Friday that Malaysia's first astronaut will fly to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz space shuttle in September 2007.

Speaking at a news briefing after Russian and Malaysian officials signed a package of documents on the planned flight.
"Preparations and the selection of Malaysian astronauts have already been launched. The final choice of two astronauts will be made in late August or in September." - Yury Nosenko, space agency deputy director.

Preparations would take one year, and that the launch had been slated for September 2007.
Russia will send Malaysian astronauts into space as part of a $900-million contract signed in 2003 to supply Malaysia with 18 Russian multipurpose Su-30MKM air superiority fighters. Russia proposed sending the astronauts to the ISS as part of its bid.
Under the contract, Russia is also expected to help Malaysia open a Su MKM maintenance centre.

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RE: International Space Station
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After departing the ISS, the crew of Discovery captured this image of the orbiting The International Space Station (ISS) above the Caspian Sea. The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest human-made object ever to orbit the Earth. Last August, the station was visited and resupplied by space shuttle Discovery. The ISS is currently operated by the Expedition 13 crew, consisting a Russian and an American astronaut.

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Credit: STS-114 Crew, NASA

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NASA and JAXA have added Japanese astronaut Takao Doi to the space shuttle crew that will deliver the first module of the Japanese laboratory, Kibo, to the ISS.

Doi is the first crew member named to the mission, which will be the eighth of the upcoming space shuttle missions to the space station. Doi's duties will involve attachment and initial set-up of the Kibo Japanese Experiment Logistics Module. Doi's crew mates will be named at a later date.
The mission will be Doi's second space flight. During his first flight, shuttle mission STS-87 in 1997, he performed two spacewalks.

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The orbit of International Space Station was successfully raised by 2.7 kilometres on Thursday by firing the engines of the Russian Progress 21 cargo craft that is currently docked to the facility.

The manoeuvre was a test to see how to move the station out of danger of colliding with orbiting debris.

A previous orbital adjustment attempted last month had to be cancelled because of a technical problem.

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