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ISS Turns 5



Sbmitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Expedition 8 Reaches 1-Month Mark; ISS Turns 5

Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri
completed their first month at the International Space Station this past
week. Their activities included a evaluation session on Tuesday with the
Russian Orlan spacesuits. The session was for a spacewalk that could
occur in February. They also prepared for upcoming work with the
Station's robotic arm, Canadarm2, and the Foot/Ground Reaction Forces
During Spaceflight (FOOT) experiment.

Thursday, the Station reached a milestone -- five years in orbit. The
Zarya Control Module became the first ISS component to reach space on
Nov. 20, 1998.

On the ground Friday, NASA announced that 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. Expedition 9 is slated to launch in April 2004 and will travel
to the Station with European Space Agency Astronaut Andre Kuipers, who
will return to Earth with the Expedition 8 crew. 

The Station's previous residents -- Expedition 7 Commander Yuri
Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu -- returned to Houston,
Texas, this week. They landed in Kazakhstan on Oct. 27 and had been in
Star City, Russia, for rehabilitation and debriefing following their
six-month stay in space. They will continue their rehab and debriefings
at Johnson Space Center.

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