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EXP 7 Leaves the ISS

Expedition 7 Leaves ISS, En Route to Kazakhstan
The Expedition 7 crewmembers' stay at the International Space Station is
over and they are scheduled to land in Kazakhstan tonight. The ISS Soyuz
6 spacecraft that is carrying Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and
NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu undocked from the Station at 5:17 p.m. CST
(2217 GMT) today. The Soyuz is slated to touch down about 8:41 CST
tonight (0241 GMT Tuesday), bringing Expedition 7's six-month mission to
an end. The deorbit burn will occur at 7:47 CST (0147 GMT).

Also aboard the Soyuz is European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque, who
arrived at the ISS on Oct. 20 with Expedition 8 crew. Duque spent his
time aboard the orbital outpost conducting experiments for European

Earlier today Malenchenko officially handed over control of the
International Space Station to Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale. The
handover occurred as the hatches between the Station and the ISS Soyuz 6
spacecraft were closed at 2:14 p.m. CST (2014 GMT). Foale and Flight
Engineer Alexander Kaleri will spend the next six months maintianing ISS
systems and overseeing science experiments.

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