Space station crew relocates Russian spacecraft after delay

June 29, 2010 10:42 am 

MOSCOW, June 29 — The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) moved on Monday a Russian spacecraft docked with the Zvezda module to the Rassvet research module after a short delay caused by a technical problem on board the orbital station.

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin piloted the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft during a 24-minute maneuver. He was accompanied by U.S. astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker.

The 90-minute delay was caused by problems with electric drive on a section of solar panels at the station, the Russian mission control said.

The spacecraft made room for the Russian Progress M-06M space freighter which is scheduled to arrive at the station on July 2.

The Soyuz-TMA is the most recent model in the famed Soyuz spacecraft family.

The TMA, or "anthropometric," model was designed under the U.S.-Russian joint program on the ISS.

NASA paid $ 50 million to the Russian Energia Corporation to make the upgrades, mostly aimed at allowing taller crew members to fly the Soyuz and increasing docking procedure safety.

The first Soyuz-TMA spacecraft flew to the ISS in 2002. (PNA/RIA Novosti)

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