Progress M-66

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Progress M-66
Progress M-66.jpg
Progress M-66 docking with the ISS
Mission type ISS resupply
Operator Roskosmos
COSPAR ID 2009-006A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Progress-M 11F615A55
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Start of mission
Launch date 10 February 2009, 05:49 (2009-02-10UTC05:49Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
Launch site Baikonur Site 31/6
End of mission
Disposal Deorbited
Decay date 18 May 2009, 15:14:45 (2009-05-18UTC15:14:46Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Docking with ISS
Docking port Pirs
Docking date 13 February 2009, 07:18 UTC
Undocking date 6 May 2009, 15:18 UTC
Time docked 3 months

Progress M-66, identified by NASA as Progress 32 or 32P, was a Progress spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station. It was the penultimate flight of the Progress-M 11F615A55 spacecraft, using the spacecraft with the serial number 366.

Progress M-66 was launched at 05:49 GMT on 10 February 2009, by a Soyuz-U carrier rocket flying from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This was the first time Site 31 had been used for a Progress launch since Progress M-15 in 1992. The spacecraft docked with the Pirs module of the ISS at 07:18 GMT on 13 February.[1] It undocked at 15:18 on 6 May, to make way for Progress M-02M. It was deorbited at 14:28:30 on 18 May following twelve days of free flight, during which it conducted experiments as part of the Plazma-Progress programme. Any debris from Progress M-66 that survived re-entry landed in the Pacific Ocean at around 15:14:45 GMT.

Cargo[edit]

Progress M-66 delivered supplies to the International Space Station, including fuel, food and water for the crew, and equipment for conducting scientific research and establishing a 6-man crew capacity aboard the ISS. It also carried a new Orlan-MK spacesuit to replace one of the older Orlan-M suits previously used for EVAs from the station.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zak, Anatoly (2009-02-18). "Progress cargo ship". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 2009-04-07.