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NEXT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW NAMED



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Melissa Motichek
Headquarters, Washington                     July 25, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-1272)

Eileen Hawley/Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)


NEXT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW NAMED

     Veteran NASA astronaut Michael Foale and seasoned 
Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri are set to be the eighth 
crew to live aboard the International Space Station. They're 
scheduled to begin their mission in October, when they launch 
into space aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

Foale will serve as the Expedition 8 Commander and 
NASA/International Space Station Science Officer. Kaleri will 
be the Soyuz Commander and Space Station Flight Engineer.

Their mission is scheduled to begin October 18, when the 
Russian Soyuz TMA-3 launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 
Kazakhstan. European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Pedro 
Duque, from Spain, will make the outbound trip with Foale and 
Kaleri as Flight Engineer and return home 10 days later.

On October 20, the three will dock their Soyuz to the Station 
and begin an eight-day transfer process with the Expedition 7 
crew, Commander and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Ed 
Lu, NASA/International Space Station Science Officer.

On October 28, Malenchenko, Lu and Duque will return to Earth 
aboard the Soyuz currently docked to the Station. Malenchenko 
and Lu have been aboard the Station since late April.

The backup crew for Expedition 8 is veteran NASA astronaut 
Bill McArthur, a retired U.S. Army colonel; Russian veteran 
cosmonaut Valery Tokarev, a Russian Air Force colonel; and 
Duque's backup is ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers from the 
Netherlands.

Until the NASA Space Shuttle, with its significant cargo 
capability, returns to flight, the International Space 
Station will be staffed with a crew of two instead of three. 
The smaller crew is big enough to maintain operations on 
board the Station and small enough to live on a reduced 
supply of water and other consumables. Foale and Kaleri are 
scheduled to spend approximately six months on board the 
Station.

Foale is a veteran of five space flights totaling more than 
178 days in space, including more than four months on the 
Russian Mir Space Station. Kaleri has flown on three previous 
missions to the Mir and has logged 416 days in space. 
October's mission will be Duque's second space flight, 
following his mission on the Shuttle Discovery (STS-95) in 
1998.

NASA astronaut biographies and information about the Space 
Station are available on the Internet on the NASA space 
flight Web site at:

www.spaceflight.nasa.gov

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov







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