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[b]Progress M-13M undocks from the space station[/b]
Progress M-13M (45P) undocked at 4:10 p.m. CST Monday (Jan. 23) from the Pirs docking compartment where it had been berthed since Nov. 2.
In the open hatchway of the departing Progress was the 88-pound Chibis-M mini-satellite, which will be deployed Tuesday at 5:19 p.m. to spend several years in orbit studying the interaction of plasma waves with the ionosphere.
At the time of deployment, the Progress will be 62 miles above and 7,300 miles behind the station. Three hours later, Russian flight controllers will command the Progress to re-enter Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, where it will safely burn with its remaining cargo of trash from the station.
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