Next week, the taxi crew will bring a new Soyuz to the station and remain on board the ISS for eight days. The Soyuz is scheduled to launch at 9:11 p.m. CST Oct. 29 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Docking to the station is scheduled for 11 p.m. CST Oct. 31. The taxi crew will undock the Soyuz now at the station and land Nov. 9. The crew, which consists of Russian Commander Sergei Zalyotin, European Space Agency Flight Engineer Frank DeWinne from Belgium and Russian Flight Engineer Yuri Lonchakov, will perform science experiments during their stay on board.
Endeavour is planned to launch from the Kennedy Space Center Nov. 10 between midnight and 4 a.m. EST. Endeavour's STS-113 flight will deliver the next segment of the station's backbone, the (P1) Truss, and the three members of the station's Expedition 6 station crew.
The Expedition 5 crewmembers - Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev - have already begun packing for their return to Earth aboard Endeavour.
On Thursday, from the robotic workstation in the Destiny lab, Whitson and Korzun successfully "flew" the space station robotic arm through a dry run of the procedure to install the P1 truss. Working in the station's Quest airlock, Whitson prepared the batteries and air regeneration system for the spacesuits that STS-113 spacewalkers Mike Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington will wear when they conduct three spacewalks to help install and activate the P1 truss to the station.
Whitson's own science investigation on board the space station was completed this week with a final data collection. The experiment tests a drug that may prevent the formation of kidney stones during long duration space flights.
Flight controllers at Houston's Mission Control Center Houston sent new files to the three systems computers in the Destiny lab module this week. The computers run life support, thermal control and power systems in the lab. The new files upgraded the operating system in Destiny for the first time since it was mated to the station in February 2001.