First Christmas Delivery Set to Arrive Wednesday

Cygnus Approaches Station
The Cygnus spacecraft approaches the International Space Station in January of 2014.

The first of two Christmas space deliveries is set to arrive early Wednesday morning. Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft is on its way to the International Space Station where it will be captured and berthed to the Unity module around 6:10 a.m. EST/11:10 a.m. UTC. The next holiday shipment will be delivered Dec. 23 aboard Russia’s Progress 62 resupply ship.

Meanwhile, three Expedition 45 crew members are packing their Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft and getting ready for the ride back to Earth Dec. 11. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko will pilot astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui to the landing site in Kazakhstan after 141 days in space.

Four days later, three new Expedition 46 crew members will launch to the orbital laboratory to join One-Year crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko with cosmonaut Sergey Volkov. First-time British astronaut Tim Peake will lift off Dec. 15 aboard the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft with Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra for a six-month mission in space.

3 thoughts on “First Christmas Delivery Set to Arrive Wednesday”

  1. To Mr.astronauts Kimiya Yui and Mr.commander Oleg Kononenko and Mr.astronaut Kjell Lindgren,

    Very thanks for your difficult tasks and besides each nice personality of yourselves.
    We miss you, three Supermen.
    Now I hope you would be back for the earth safely and have lots of rest. This is from JAPAN with our special feeling.
    We never forget you all.
    My cellphone’s standby screen is still your picture.
    * * * Respectfully,

  2. Great achivement by the Astronauts of around the world and crating many experiments in the space. Our space future is very bright. I love to contact Astronauts with ny VHF/UHF Amateur Radio set from Mumbai, India. Wishing you all the best to all Scientist, Amateur Radio operator on board International Space Station.

  3. I always wanted to be an astronaut but unfortunately I’m scared of heights so I do the next best thing and that is stare into the stars and pretend I’m you:)

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