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NASA HSF News Digest     Thursday, April 25 2002     Volume 01 : Number

In this issue:

        2002 International Space Station Status Report #20

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Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 01:34:00 -0500 (CDT)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: 2002 International Space Station Status Report #20

Report # 20 
2 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 25, 2002 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

A Soyuz rocket blasted off today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan, carrying a multinational “taxi” crew to the International
Space Station to deliver a fresh return vehicle to the orbital outpost.

Russian Commander Yuri Gidzenko, Flight Engineer Roberto Vittori of the
European Space Agency and South African businessman Mark Shuttleworth
rocketed away from the Central Asian launch site at 1:26:38 a.m. Central
time (626:38 GMT) in their Soyuz TM-34 craft. Less than nine minutes
later, with the Soyuz solar arrays and navigational antennas successfully
deployed, they had reached orbit to begin a two-day chase to reach the
ISS early Saturday. At the time of launch, the ISS was flying over Iraq
at an altitude of 244 statute miles. The Expedition Four crew on board
the station had just awakened at the time the Soyuz began its journey.

Gidzenko, who is making his third flight into space, is the first former
resident of the ISS to return to the complex, having been a member of the
Expedition One crew, the first crew to live aboard the station. Gidzenko
first arrived at the ISS in November 2000. Vittori, who is a professional
astronaut, is making his first spaceflight, traveling to the ISS under a
contract between the Italian Space Agency and the Russian Aviation and
Space Agency. Shuttleworth is a South African Internet entrepreneur
flying under contract with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency as well
on his first mission.

The three crewmembers will dock to the Zarya module of the ISS on
Saturday at 2:57 a.m. Central time (757 GMT). That docking port was freed
up last Saturday when Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko and
Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch relocated the Soyuz vehicle
currently at the ISS from Zarya to the Pirs Docking Compartment.

Gidzenko, Vittori and Shuttleworth will spend almost eight days on the
station, conducting experiments and educational activities. They will
depart the ISS on the evening of May 4, U.S. time, in the Soyuz currently
docked to the station, and will land a few hours later on the Kazakh

All systems aboard the ISS continue to function well as the station
orbits at an average altitude of about 245 statute miles.  Information on
the crew’s activities aboard the space station, future launch dates, as
well as station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, is
available on the Internet at:


Details on station science operations can be found on an Internet site
administered by the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., at:


The next ISS status report will be issued on Saturday, April 27 after the
Soyuz docking, or earlier, if developments warrant.

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