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I saw the news several weeks ago.
Mike is a real HAM, and with Kaleri, one can almost guarantee that they 
might fix the tnc, or just pick up the mic daily..

I am looking forward to hearing from ISS again! :)

73, Scott

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Arthur Z Rowe" <n1orc@surfgate.net>
To: <sarex@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2003 3:30 PM

> Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC
> Permission previously granted by the Houston Chronicle
> Aug. 14, 2003, 9:45PM
> Future residents of space station push for chance
> Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
> The next resident crew of the international space station said Thursday
> it would be a mistake to suspend human activities aboard the
> 240-mile-high orbital base while NASA recovers from the loss of shuttle
> Columbia.
> "For us to not step up and not continue in space on the international
> space station is, for me, not really an option," said Mike Foale, the
> NASA astronaut who will lead a mission to the space station in late
> October. "We need to show perseverance in our goals and dreams by
> maintaining a human presence in space."
> "If we are able to maintain manned flight on board (the station), we
> must do it," added Alexander Kaleri, the Russian cosmonaut who will
> serve with Foale during the nearly seven-month mission. "That is why the
> station is up there."
> The two men spoke at NASA's Johnson Space Center, where on Monday they
> began two weeks of training on the station's U.S. equipment.
> At the end of the month, they'll return to Star City in Russia to
> continue their preparations before a scheduled Oct. 18 liftoff from
> Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz rocket.
> Columbia's fatal Feb. 1 breakup grounded NASA's space shuttle fleet and
> interrupted assembly of the station, a project shared by 16 nations.
> Though the investigative board reviewing the causes of Columbia's loss
> plans to finish its work late this month, it's unclear how quickly NASA
> can resume shuttle flights.
> Without the shuttle to ferry supplies to the space station, NASA and its
> partners have been forced to reduce the number of resident astronauts
> and cosmonauts from three to two.
> Russia's three-person Soyuz and small Progress cargo capsules offer the
> only means of transporting people and supplies to the outpost.
> Foale, 46, and Kaleri, 47, will replace the first of the two-person
> "caretaker" crews, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and astronaut Edward Lu.
> Malenchenko, the station commander, and Lu, the science officer, are
> scheduled to return to Earth on Oct. 28 aboard a Soyuz capsule already
> parked at the outpost.
> They will be accompanied by European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque
> of Spain, who will travel to the station with Foale and Kaleri for a
> brief visit.
> NASA has made tentative plans to resume shuttle missions between March
> 11 and April 6. However, guidelines for future flights established by
> the accident investigation board are likely to push the first
> post-Columbia mission later into 2004.
> For Foale and Kaleri, that means a great deal of uncertainty over
> whether they will return to Earth landing in the United States aboard a
> shuttle or descend by parachute into remote Kazakhstan in a Soyuz
> capsule.
> "This is one of the more interesting aspects of our flight. We don't
> really know how we will come home," said Foale.
> "I would really not want to guess when (the first post-Columbia) will
> take place."
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