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Exp 4 Crew extended on ISS



 Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

The following article was in the ARRL weekly report dtd 3/28/02
 
==>ALL-HAM ISS CREW'S DUTY TOUR EXTENDED
 
The Expedition 4 International Space Station crew of Commander Yuri
Onufrienko, RK3DUO, and flight engineers Dan Bursch, KD5PNU, and Carl
Walz, KC5TIE, will be spending an extra month in orbit. Problems with
the Canadarm 2 robotic arm on the ISS will result in extending their
mission to 189 days--a new record for the US crew members. March 29
marks 114 days in space for the current crew, which came aboard in
December.
 
Late last week NASA decided to bump the launch of the Expedition 5 crew
aboard the shuttle Endeavour (STS-111) from May 6 to May 31 in order to
permit more training time for the shuttle crew to deal with the
mechanical arm repair. Shuttle astronauts will replace a wrist joint in
the space station's mechanical arm. The Endeavour won't be returning to
Earth until June 12, which means the astronauts on the Expedition 4 crew
will beat NASA's current space endurance record by one day.
 
US astronaut Shannon Lucid, who spent 188 days aboard the Russian Mir
spacecraft in 1996, is the current American record holder, and she will
still hold the women's space endurance record.
 
Onufrienko, however, will not come close to topping the Russian 438-day
endurance record set aboard Mir in 1994 and 1995 by cosmonaut Valery
Polyakov.
 
For more information about the ISS, visit NASA's Human Space Flight Web
site, <http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/index.html>.--NASA, news accounts 

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