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Suibmitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

*International Space Station Status Report #04-20*
*11 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 18, 2004*
*Expedition 8 Crew*

A new crew is en route to the International Space Station following the 
launch tonight of the ISS Soyuz 8 spacecraft carrying Expedition 9 
Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike 
Fincke and visiting researcher European Space Agency Astronaut Andre 
Kuipers of the Netherlands.

The Soyuz launched flawlessly at 10:19 p.m. CDT from the Baikonur 
Cosmodrome, Kazakstan, and is on course to dock with the Station at 
12:04 a.m. CDT Wednesday, April 21. Padalka and Fincke will spend six 
months aboard the Station, while Kuipers will spend nine days at the 
complex conducting science experiments before returning to Earth with 
the Expedition 8 crew, Commander Mike Foale and Alexander Kaleri, the 
Station flight engineer and ISS Soyuz 7 commander.

The hatches between the arriving ISS Soyuz 8 spacecraft and the Station 
will be opened at about 1:25 a.m. CDT Wednesday. Live NASA Television 
coverage of the docking and hatch opening will begin at 11 p.m. CDT 
Tuesday. At the time the Expedition 9 crew launched from Baikonur today, 
the Station was flying about 240 miles above the southern tip of South 

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 following docking on 
Wednesday, April 21, or earlier, if events warrant.


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