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Technical problems occurred Thursday night as the Russian Progress M-58 cargo craft performed a mating maneuver after docking to the International Space Station
Technical problems occurred Thursday night as the Russian Progress M-58 cargo craft performed a mating maneuver after docking to the International Space Station. Officials at the Space Flights Control Center in Korolyov near Moscow said one of the spacecraft’s homing antennas failed to fold up. “The situation is fully under control now and nothing’s threatening the crew aboard the ISS,” a source at the Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos) said. Specialists at Mission Control see several ways of handling the situation. One of the versions suggests the Progress may be detached from the ISS and moved several meters back. Then another attempt to fold the antenna and repeat the docking operation will be possible. Otherwise, the crew may have to make a space walk to deal with the problem. The ISS crew includes Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter. Elements of the Kurs homing system are located aboard the cargo vehicle and the ISS. It used during automatically performed approaches and ensures docking in the automated mode.
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