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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-18 
11:30 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 25, 2003 
Expedition Six Crew

A major step in assuring the continued permanent human presence in space
aboard the International Space Station was realized tonight with the
flawless launch of a cosmonaut and astronaut aboard a Russian rocket. 

Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Ed Lu, who
will become the NASA ISS Science Officer, lifted off from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 10:54 p.m. CDT. They are now bound for a
docking with the orbiting complex at 12:58 a.m. CDT Monday. After a
six-day handover of responsibilities aboard the station, Malenchenko and
Lu will take over duties from the Expedition 6 crew of Commander Ken
Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and ISS Science Officer Don
Pettit. Bowersox, Budarin and Pettit have now been in orbit for 154

Bowersox, Budarin and Pettit will undock from the complex at 5:40 p.m.
CDT May 3 en route to a landing at 9:03 p.m. CDT in Kazakhstan that same
day. They will travel home in a Soyuz spacecraft that has been docked to
the station for six months. Malenchenko and Lu will remain aboard the
station conducting a series of scientific and educational activities
until October. 

Early Saturday morning, Malenchenko and Lu will oversee two engine
firings by their spacecraft that will adjust its course toward the
Monday docking. On Sunday, another engine firing will be performed to
further refine its course. Aboard the station, the Expedition 6 crew
will spend Saturday with a quiet slate of activities that includes
participating in planning teleconferences with the ground, off duty time
and a series of "Saturday Morning Science" hobby activities conducted by
Pettit. 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 International Space Station status report will be issued
following the Expedition 7 docking early Monday. 


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