Russia’s Progress 39 has departed the International Space Station (ISS), clearing the aft docking port of the Russian segment for the arrival of the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), Johannes Kepler. The ATV is expected to make an automated docking on Feb. 24 at 10:45 a.m. EST, about 6 hr. ahead of the scheduled launch of shuttle Discovery on the long-delayed STS-133 assembly mission to the ISS from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The narrowly separated ...


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