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Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 11:29:19 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 2000 International Space Station Status Report #44
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2000
Report # 44 
 Tuesday, October 31, 2000 – Noon CST 
 Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 
 
 The Expedition 1 crew, secure in its Soyuz spacecraft, continues on
course for a rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station,
inaugurating a new era in human space flight. 

Following their launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1:53 a.m. CST
today, Soyuz Commander Yuri Gidzenko, Expedition 1 Commander Bill
Shepherd and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev successfully deployed
docking probes on the Soyuz and checked out the spacecraft’s motion
control systems.  On two consecutive orbits, daily orbits 3 and 4,
phasing burns were completed to keep the Soyuz on course for its
rendezvous with the International Space Station.   A third rendezvous
burn is scheduled just before 3 a.m. tomorrow to slightly raise the Soyuz
orbit and slow the rate at which it is approaching the space station.

During communications passes over Russian ground stations this morning,
the crew talked with flight controllers, providing updated information on
the performance of the Soyuz spacecraft and the crew’s activities. 
During their final communications pass of the day, the trio confirmed a
successful test of the external camera that provides cues during
rendezvous and docking, and reported all crew members were feeling well. 
Shepherd, Gidzenko and Krikalev went to sleep about 9 a.m. CST today and
will awaken about 6:30 p.m. CST to begin the second day of what’s planned
to be a four-month stay in space.

Flight control teams in Houston have activated life support systems and
air purification units on board the space station, readying the outpost
for the arrival of its first residents early Thursday morning.  In
addition, the flight controllers will support tonight’s undocking of the
Progress resupply vehicle, currently docked to the same port on the
Zvezda module of the station to which the Expedition 1 crew will dock
Thursday.  The Progress will undock at 10:02 p.m. CST today, and shortly
after 1 a.m. Wednesday will be commanded into a trajectory that will
cause it to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.  

Coverage of the Expedition One crew’s voyage to the International Space
Station will continue on NASA TV and through live video streaming on the
internet at spaceflight.nasa.gov.  The next status report will be issued
about 8 p.m. today or sooner if events warrant.




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