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International Space Station Status Report #03-52 
1 a.m. CDT, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 
Expedition 7 Crew

A new crew rocketed toward the International Space Station early today,
leaving the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz
booster that lifted off at 12:38 a.m. CDT and flawlessly sped into Earth

ISS Expedition 8 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Foale and
Expedition 8 Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri are accompanied by
European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque aboard the ISS Soyuz 8
spacecraft. The trio plan to dock Soyuz 8 to the Station at about 2:17
a.m. CDT on Monday, Oct. 20, and hatches between the Station and Soyuz 8
are to be opened at about 5:14 a.m. CDT. Foale and Kaleri are bound for
a six-month stay aboard the international research complex. Duque,
flying under a commercial agreement between Rosaviakosmos and the
European Space Agency, will spend a week aboard the Station conducting a
series of scientific studies. 

Foale and Kaleri will relieve Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko
and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu, who have flown aboard the Station
since late April. Malenchenko, Lu and Duque will depart the station on
Oct. 27 aboard the ISS Soyuz 7 craft en route to a landing hours
afterward in Kazakhstan. 

The week ahead will include a variety of joint activities for the five
station crew members as they hand over activities onboard. The plans
include an interview by ABC News and the Houston Chronicle at 8:45 a.m.
CDT Tuesday, Oct. 21; an interview by CNN and CBS News at 9:25 a.m. CDT
Wednesday, Oct. 22; a crew news conference at 10 a.m. CDT Thursday, Oct.
23; and a formal change of command ceremony at 1:20 p.m. CDT Friday,
Oct. 24. Undocking of the Soyuz 7 carrying Duque and the Expedition 7
crew home is planned for 5:20 p.m. CST on Oct. 27 leading to a touchdown
in Kazakhstan at 8:36 p.m. CST. 

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 ISS status report will be issued Monday after the docking of
Soyuz 8 to the ISS, or sooner if events warrant. 

itted by Arthur - N1ORC

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