Friday, December 23, 2005

Happy Holidays ISS; Expedition 12 Crew Awaits Santa Claus

The current crew of the International Space Station will unpack a cargo ship full of holiday cheer Christmas morning, compliments of the Russians, who still possess the only means of transport between Earth and the orbiting hostel.
The Progress 20 spacecraft, loaded with fresh water, fuel, food and other assorted supplies, is currently poised to begin docking procedures at ISS. In all, the expendable spacecraft will deliver almost 6,000 pounds of cargo.
As Progress 20 begins it's docking procedures, the ISS crew is hurriedly stowing garbage aboard Progress 19, currently docked at the Zvesda service module. When it's full, this ship will be jettisoned and eventually burn up in Earth's atmosphere.
Expedition 12 crewmates Bill McArthur and Valery Tokarev enjoyed smoked turkey, green beans and cranberry-apple desert for Thanksgiving and are anticipating a treasure-trove of goodies for Christmas.

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