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International Space Station Status Report #03-19

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-19 
3 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 28, 2003 
Expedition Six Crew
New residents arrived aboard the International Space Station today to
take over occupancy of the orbital outpost from the crew that has been
aloft for more than five months. 
Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer and NASA ISS
Science Officer Ed Lu monitored systems as their Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft
gently flew to a smooth, automated docking with the station's Zarya
Control Module at 12:56 a.m. CDT. At the time of docking, the two space
vehicles sailed some 240 statute miles over Kazakhstan, home of the
Baikonur Cosmodrome, from where Malenchenko and Lu were launched on
Saturday. Within minutes, hooks and latches on the Soyuz and Zarya
docking mechanisms were fully engaged to provide a firm mate. 
On the ISS, Expedition 6 Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai
Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit watched closely as the
first visitors of their increment eased the new Soyuz to its port along
side the Soyuz TMA-1 capsule, which has been linked to the Pirs Docking
Compartment since November. Three Russian vehicles now reside at the
ISS, including a Progress resupply ship. 
Bowersox, Budarin and Pettit will ride home in on the older Soyuz Sunday
(late Saturday CDT) to a landing in Kazakhstan to complete a mission
that began with their launch Nov. 23, 2002. It will mark the first time
in history U.S. astronauts will have returned from space in a Russian
At the time of docking, Bowersox, Budarin and Pettit had been in space
for 156 days, 154 days on the station. 
Shortly before docking, while the new Soyuz sat about 200 meters away
from the ISS for a few minutes of stationkeeping and systems checks,
Pettit used high-powered digital camera lenses in the Destiny laboratory
to document the capsule's arrival at the station. 
At 2:27 a.m. CDT, after comprehensive leak checks between the newly
arrived Soyuz and the Zarya module, hatches swung open and the two crews
greeted one another to begin six days of joint handover operations
primarily designed to familiarize the new crew with ISS systems and the
location of key hardware and consumables. 
The five crewmembers accepted congratulations from Deputy NASA
Administrator Frederick Gregory, Deputy Associate Administrator Michael
Kostelnik and ISS Program Manager Bill Gerstenmaier in a call from the
Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside Moscow, where they
watched the docking with a large contingent of U.S. and Russian space
The crews then began to transfer a small amount of clothes and supplies
carried into orbit on the new Soyuz, and are scheduled to conduct a
safety briefing later today. 
Malenchenko, Budarin and Bowersox will have a Soyuz descent and landing
training session Wednesday to fine tune techniques Budarin will use on
Saturday as he commands the return craft for its trip back to Earth.
Bowersox, Budarin and Pettit will undock from the complex at 5:40 p.m.
CDT May 3 en route to a landing in Kazakhstan at 9:03 p.m. that day. 
Malenchenko and Lu will remain aboard the station conducting a series of
scientific and educational activities until late October. 
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 on
Friday, May 2, unless developments warrant, with another status report
to be issued following the landing of the Expedition 6 crew Saturday
night, U.S. time. 

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