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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #02-48 
10 p.m. CST, Tuesday, October 29, 2002 
Expedition Five Crew

Right on time, a Russian-Belgian cosmonaut crew blasted off in a newly
modified Soyuz capsule from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
tonight, headed for a linkup to the International Space Station later
this week to deliver a fresh crew return vehicle. 

Russian “taxi crew” Commander Sergei Zalyotin, European Space Agency
Flight Engineer Frank DeWinne from Belgium and Russian Flight Engineer
Yuri Lonchakov lifted off in dense fog in the new Soyuz TMA-1 vehicle at
9:11 p.m. Central time (311 GMT Oct. 30). About nine minutes later, the
new Soyuz had reached orbit and its solar panels and navigational
antennas had deployed. 

The new Soyuz is designed to accommodate larger or smaller crewmembers,
and is equipped with upgraded computers, a new cockpit control panel and
improved avionics. Zalyotin, who commanded the last mission to the Mir
Space Station in 2000, DeWinne, a first-time flier, and Lonchakov, who
flew on the shuttle Endeavour to deliver the Canadarm2 robotic arm to the
ISS in 2001, are scheduled to dock their Soyuz vehicle to the station’s
Pirs Docking Compartment Thursday night around 11 p.m. CST (500 GMT Nov.
1) for the start of eight days of joint operations. Hatches between the
Soyuz and the ISS are scheduled to swing open around 12:40 a.m. CST
Friday (640 GMT). 

The Expedition 5 crewmembers – Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science
Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev – were asleep
at the time of the Soyuz launch. When they are awakened, they will begin
their 147th day in space, the 145th day aboard the ISS. 

After arriving at the station, Zalyotin, DeWinne and Lonchakov will join
their Expedition resident colleagues in performing a variety of
scientific experiments, many of them furnished under a commercial
contract between the European Space Agency and the Russian Aviation and
Space Agency on behalf of DeWinne. The taxi trio is scheduled to board
the Soyuz TM-34 return craft that has been linked to the ISS since April,
and undock on Nov. 9 for a landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. 

A fresh Soyuz is delivered to the ISS every six months to provide an
assured return capability for station residents in the unlikely event a
problem would force them to come home prematurely. 

Information on the crew's activities, future launch dates, as well as
station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, is available
on the Internet at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov 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: http://www.scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov The next ISS status
report will be issued after the docking of the Soyuz TMA-1 taxi crew
early Friday morning, Nov. 1, or sooner, if developments warrant. 


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