Moscow, Feb 20 (Itar-Tass) Specialists of the MissionControl Centre, Moscow Region, will undock today a Progressferry, working in the orbital complex for six months, from theInternational Space Station and will drop it in the Pacific.
"A command will be sent to Progress M-07M for undockingfrom the station at 16:09 MT, the spaceship will separate fromthe ISS three minutes later, and its unburned fragments willdrop four hours later in a special area of the South Pacific,"Mission Control specified.A Mission Control representative noted that the tug,docked to the Zvezda service module, has been part of theorbital complex since last September 12. Progress M-07M set arecord of a sort over this time: its jets were used to makeeight adjustments of the station''s orbit. Besides, Russiancosmonauts loaded manually over a tonne of garbage andworked-out equipment aboard the tug.
Progress M-07M will free a place at the Zvezda module forthe second European cargo spaceship of the ATV series -Johannes Kepler -- that blasted off from the French Kouroucosmodrome on February 17. All docking units of the Russiansegment are occupied: Progress M-07M and Progress M09M are atthe Zvezda service module and at the Pirs docking module,respectively, while rescue craft - manned Soyuz spaceships -are "tethered" to the small laboratory modules Poisk andRassvet.
According to calculations of Mission Control specialists,fragments of Progress M-07M will reach "the cemetery" ofspaceships in South Pacific at 19:58 MT. (Itar-Tass)