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ISS STATUS REPORT #05-50



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*International Space Station Status Report #05-50*
*8:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, Oct. 10*
*Expedition 11 Crew*

After traveling 75 million miles during six months on the international 
space station, Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA ISS 
Science Officer John Phillips returned to Earth today. With them was 
American Greg Olsen, who spent eight days on the station under a 
commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency.

The ISS Soyuz 9 spacecraft with Krikalev, Phillips and Olsen landed in 
north-central Kazakhstan, about 53 miles (85 kilometers) northeast of 
Arkalyk, at 8:09 p.m. CDT. The crew's families will greet them at Star 
City, Russia, near Moscow, early tomorrow. Krikalev and Phillips will 
remain in Star City for post-flight debriefings before returning to 
Houston in late October. Krikalev and Phillips launched from the 
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, April 14. They spent 179 days, 23 
minutes in space. During their mission, they welcomed the Space Shuttle 
Discovery crew as it returned the shuttle to flight on STS-114.

While on the station, Kirkalev amassed more time in space than any 
human. He is a veteran of six spaceflights, including two to the Russian 
space station Mir, two shuttle flights, and the first international 
space station expedition. Krikalev has 803 days, 9 hours and 39 minutes 
of time in space. On Aug. 16, he surpassed the previous record set by 
Cosmonaut Sergei Avdeyev of 747 days, 14 hours and 14 minutes.

The new station crew, Expedition 12 Commander and NASA Science Officer 
Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, will have light duty 
for the next few days as they rest from a busy handover. They will 
remain in orbit six months, during which they are planned to perform at 
least two spacewalks. The first spacewalk will occur in early November. 
For more about the international space station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

The next ISS status report will be issued Friday, Oct. 14, or earlier if 
events warrant.

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