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Expedition 11 Preps for Departure - OCT 7TH,2005



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR  N1ORC - AMSAT A/C#31468

The Expedition 11 crew is nearing the end of its six-month mission 
aboard the international space station. Commander Sergei Krikalev and 
Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer John Phillips will return to 
Earth aboard a Soyuz TMA spacecraft Monday.

Since Expedition 12 arrived Oct. 3, Krikalev and Phillips have been 
briefing the new crew on station operations and science activities.

The new crewmembers -- Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer 
Valery Tokarev -- will mark the fifth anniversary of a human presence 
aboard the station next month. They will stay on the orbital outpost 
until next April.

Spaceflight Participant Greg Olsen, who arrived at the station with 
Expedition 12 under a contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency, 
has been conducting experiments during his eight-day stay. He will 
return to Earth with Expedition 11.

NASA TV <http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html> will carry 
the undocking and landing live. The Soyuz will undock Monday at 5:43 
p.m. EDT and land in Kazakhstan at 9:09 p.m.
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