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NASA NAMES NEXT 1SS CREW (EXP 9)



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington     November 21, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

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

NASA NAMES NEXT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW 

     Veteran NASA astronaut William S. McArthur Jr., a 
retired U.S. Army colonel, and Russian Air Force Colonel 
Valery I. Tokarev are the next crew for the International 
Space Station. 

McArthur and Tokarev trained as backups for the current 
Station crew. They will launch to the Station aboard a 
Russian Soyuz spacecraft in April 2004. Their six-month 
mission is designated Expedition 9. McArthur will serve as 
Station Commander and NASA Space Station Science Officer. 
Tokarev is the Soyuz Commander and Station Flight Engineer. 
During their stay aboard the orbiting research laboratory, 
the crew will conduct scientific studies in Earth sciences, 
life sciences, fundamental biology and microgravity.

European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Andre Kuipers joins 
McArthur and Tokarev on their Soyuz flight. He will spend 
eight days aboard the Station conducting experiments under a 
commercial agreement between ESA and the Russian Aviation and 
Space Agency. Kuipers returns to Earth with Expedition 8 
Commander Mike Foale and Soyuz Commander Alexander Kaleri. 
Kuipers' backup for the flight is ESA Astronaut Gerhard 
Thiele.

McArthur flew on three Shuttle missions: STS-58 in 1993; STS-
74 in 1995; and STS-92, a Station assembly flight, in 2000. 
Tokarev first flew in 1999 aboard STS-96. The backup crew for 
Expedition 9 is veteran NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., 
and Russian cosmonaut Salizhan S. Sharipov. Chiao was a 
Mission Specialist aboard STS-65 in 1994; STS-72 in 1996; and 
STS-92 in 2000. Sharipov was a Mission Specialist on STS-89 
in 1998. 

For information about NASA astronauts, Russian cosmonauts, 
and the Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov


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