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New Station Docks With Space Station

Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

The Soyuz spacecraft with the 11th International Space Station crew, 
Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev and Astronaut John Phillips, docked with the 
orbiting laboratory at 10:20 p.m. EDT Saturday.

Image to left: Expedition 11 arrives at the International Space Station 
aboard a Soyuz TMA spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA

Krikalev was ready to take over manual control of the spacecraft as it 
approached the Station, but his intervention was not necessary. The 
automated docking system functioned flawlessly.

With this Station crew is European Space Agency Astronaut Roberto 
Vittori of Italy. Expedition 11's Krikalev and Phillips will spend about 
six months aboard the Space Station. Vittori will spend almost eight 
days on the Station conducting scientific experiments, and return to 
Earth with the Expedition 10 crew.

That crew, Commander Leroy Chiao and Cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov, has 
been on the Station since October. They will leave the Station April 24 
in the Soyuz that brought them to the orbiting laboratory. Their landing 
is scheduled for 6:08 p.m. EDT that day in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 11 and Vittori launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 
Kazakhstan at 8:46 p.m. EDT Thursday.
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