Soyuz TMA-19 moved to new Russian port

Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, flight engineer Shannon Walker and Douglas Wheelock strapped into the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft that carried them into orbit earlier this month, undocked from the Zvezda command module's aft port and redocked at the new Russian Rassvet module.

The Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft in transit to the new MRM-1
(Rassvet) docking port.
(Photo: NASA TV)

The MRM-1 docking port as seen by the crew of the
Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft.
(Photo: NASA TV)

The Soyuz TMA-19 against the limb of the Earth.
(Photo: NASA TV)

The relocation was delayed about 75 minutes because of a circuit breaker trip that prevented NASA flight controllers from latching down one of the International Space Station's solar arrays. After the problem was resolved and the array was locked in place, Yurchikhin undocked from the Zvezda module's aft port at 3:13 p.m. EDT. The move to the new mini research module, or Rassvet, was completed at 3:38 p.m.

Rassvet was carried up to the space station aboard the shuttle Atlantis and attached to the Russian Zarya module on May 18. Yurchikhin, Walker and Wheelock took off aboard the Soyuz on June 15 and docked at Zvezda's aft port two days later because Rassvet has not yet been configured for auto rendezvous procedures.

Today's relocation was carried out in manual mode. Rassvet will be rigged for auto rendezvous during a Russian spacewalk July 26.