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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

International Space Station Status Report #03-56 
9 p.m. CST, Monday, October 27, 2003 
Expedition 7 Crew

The Expedition 7 crew touched down in northern Kazakhstan in its Soyuz
spacecraft about 8:41 p.m. CST, concluding a 183-day mission aboard the
International Space Station and 185 days in space. Landing occurred on
target, approximately 24 miles (38 kilometers) from Arkylyk in

Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu
and European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque undocked from the Station
at 5:17 p.m. today, leaving behind the eighth resident Space Station
crew, Commander Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri. Duque
flew to the Station with the Expedition 8 crew, launching on October 18. 

A formal change of command ceremony between the Expedition 7 and 8 crews
occurred this afternoon, just before Malenchenko, Lu and Duque climbed
aboard their Soyuz spacecraft for the return trip home. After final
farewells, hatches between the Station and the ISS Soyuz 6 were closed at
2:14 p.m. Foale and Kaleri are beginning a planned six-month stay on
board the ISS. About three hours later, a command was issued to release
latches, with undocking occurring at 5:17 p.m. 

A 4-minute, 17-second deorbit burn began at 7:47 p.m. CST. About 8:17
p.m., the orbital and instrumentation/propulsion modules separated from
the crew’s descent module, the only one of the three modules intended to
return to Earth. Minutes later, that module began to feel the effects of
the upper atmosphere. About 8:25 p.m. the first of a series of parachutes
deployed to slow the module’s rate of descent, with six small rocket
engines firing just before touchdown to further slow the capsule. 

Helicopters with U.S. and Russian ground support personnel retrieved the
crew shortly before 9 p.m. CST. NASA officials and flight surgeons
reported Malenchenko, Lu and Duque were in excellent condition. Following
brief medical exams, the crew will return to Star City, near Moscow, site
of the Russian space center where they will be reunited with their
families and begin their formal rehabilitation regimen. Malenchenko and
Lu are expected to return to the Johnson Space Center in Houston in
approximately two weeks. 

Video of the crew’s arrival will air on NASA Television at 5 a.m. EST
Tuesday. Information on the crew’s activities aboard the Space Station,
and instructions on how to view the Space Station from anywhere on Earth,
is available at: 


Details on Space 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 Friday,
Oct. 31, 2003, or sooner if events warrant. 


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