Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov took manual control of the approaching Progress 37 cargo carrier and docked it safely to the International Space Station May 1 after the Russian-built Kurs autonomous docking system failed. The KURS system shut down as the Progress approached the station, and control of the supply spacecraft automatically shifted to the manual TORU system. Kotov, a Soyuz pilot trained to operate TORU as a backup in just such a situation, used controls in the Zvezda ...
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