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

*International Space Station Status Report #04-56*
*10:30 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004*
*Expedition 9 Crew*

The tenth crew of the International Space Station rocketed into space 
tonight, beginning a six-month mission.

The ISS Soyuz 9 spacecraft carried Station Expedition 10 Commander and 
NASA Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov 
to orbit along with Russian Space Forces Test Cosmonaut Yuri Shargin.

The Soyuz launched at 10:06 p.m. CDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, 
Kazakhstan. At the time, the Station was flying in a northeasterly 
direction about 230 miles above Africa. With Sharipov at the controls, 
the Soyuz is on course to catch up and dock with the Station at 11:25 
p.m. CDT Friday, Oct. 15.

The hatches between the arriving Soyuz 9 spacecraft and the Station will 
be opened at about 2:25 a.m. CDT Saturday. Live NASA Television coverage 
of the docking and hatch opening will begin at 10:30 p.m. CDT Friday.

Chiao and Sharipov will stay aboard the Station until April, while 
Shargin will spend eight days onboard conducting science experiments. 
Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, Flight Engineer and Science 
Officer Mike Fincke and Shargin will undock from the Station and return 
to Earth Oct. 23.

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 Friday, 
Oct. 15, or earlier, if events warrant.

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