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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Date: Sat, 4 May 2002 19:43:25 -0500 (CDT)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: 2002 International Space Station Status Report #22

Report # 22 
8 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 4, 2002 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

A multinational "taxi" crew departed the International Space
Station this evening, having delivered a new Soyuz return vehicle to the
residents of the orbital outpost.

Russian Commander Yuri Gidzenko, Flight Engineer Roberto Vittori of the
European Space Agency and South African businessman Mark Shuttleworth
undocked their Soyuz TM-33 craft from the Pirs Docking Compartment of the
ISS at 7:31 p.m. Central time (00:31 GMT May 5) over China after eight
days of joint activities with Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko
and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch. 

Left behind on the nadir docking port of the Zarya module of the ISS is a
new Soyuz TM-34 return craft, in which Gidzenko, Vittori and Shuttleworth
were launched on April 25 and which they guided to a docking to the ISS
last Saturday. The older Soyuz arrived at the station last October. Fresh
Soyuz spacecraft are brought to the station every six months to serve as
an emergency return vehicle in the event a problem forces station
residents to leave the complex prematurely.

After backing the older Soyuz away from the Pirs docking port, Gidzenko
fired the Soyuz' thrusters to begin a separation maneuver away from the
station. Later this evening, Gidzenko will conduct a four-minute deorbit
burn of the Soyuz engines to begin the capsule's descent back to Earth.

Gidzenko, Vittori and Shuttleworth are scheduled to land on the steppes
of Kazakhstan at 10:52 p.m. Central time (352 GMT May 5) to wrap up their

Gidzenko, who is completing his third flight into space, was 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, Vittori and Shuttleworth spent most of their time on the
station conducting experiments and educational activities.

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 Friday, May 10, or earlier,
if developments warrant.

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