Wednesday, November 26, 2008

1205p 11/26 Update: Progress antenna successfully deployed

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CBS NEWS STS-126 STATUS REPORT: 71
Posted: 12:05 PM, 11/26/08

By William Harwood
CBS News Space Analyst

Changes and additions:

   SR-69 (11/25/08): SARJ operation smoother than expected; NASA may be able to forego building replacement bearing race; urine processor now operating well; water samples collected from processor, dispenser
   SR-70 (11/26/08): Progress cargo ship launched; antenna glitch may force manual docking; Endeavour cargo module move to shuttle on tap
   SR-71 (11/26/08): Progress antenna deploys on second try

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12:05 PM, 11/26/08, Update: Balky antenna successfully deployed on Progress supply ship

Russian flight controllers successfully commanded a balky antenna on a Progress supply ship to deploy and lock in place today about three-and-a-half hours after launch, officials said. The antenna initially failed to extend, raising the prospect of a manual, remote control docking Sunday by space station flight engineer Yury Lonchakov. Russian engineers are still investigating why the antenna failed to extend in the first place and whether that might affect an automated rendezvous. Docking is scheduled for 7:23 a.m. EST Sunday.

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Quick-Launch Web Links:

CBS News STS-126 Status Reports:
http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html

CBS News STS-126 Quick-Look Page:
http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/currentglance.html

NASA ISS Expeditions Page:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/index.html

NASA Shuttle Web: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/index.html
NASA Station Web: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/index.html
Spaceflight Now: http://spaceflightnow.com/index.html
GoogleSatTrack: http://www.lizard-tail.com/isana/tracking/

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