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EXP 9/10 STATUS 13 OCT 2004



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC  - Amsat A/C #31468

* Expedition 10 Launches, Heads to Space Station 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-56.html>*
The International Space Station's next crew, Expedition 10 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp10/index.html>, is on its 
way. The ISS Soyuz 9 spacecraft carrying Commander Leroy Chiao and 
Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome 
in Kazakhstan at 10:06 p.m. CDT Wednesday (0306 GMT Thursday). After a 
two-day chase, the Soyuz will dock with the Station at 11:25 p.m. CDT 
Friday (0425 GMT Saturday), beginning Expedition 10's six-month stay at 
the orbital outpost.

Joining Chiao and Sharipov on the trip to the ISS is Russian Space 
Forces Test Cosmonaut Yuri Shargin. He will return to Earth with the 
Station's current crew, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA 
ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke.

After the the Soyuz docks and leak checks are completed, Expedition 10 
will enter the Station for the first time. The two crews will spend 
eight days conducting joint operations and ISS command handover 
activities. Shargin will perform scientific experiments.

Expedition 9 and Shargin will leave the Station aboard the ISS Soyuz 8 
spacecraft and return to Earth on Oct. 23.

Expedition 9/10 Crew Exchange NASA TV Schedule 
<http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2004/oct/HQ_n04161_exp10nasatv.html>.

SOYUZ  picture with the following  description of launch:
* The ISS Soyuz 9 spacecraft carrying the Expedition 10 crew soars 
toward space shortly after lift off. The launch is the beginning of a 
two-day journey to the International Space Station for Expedition 10 
Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov. Also on 
aboard the Soyuz is Russian Space Forces Test Cosmonaut Yuri Shargin.*
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