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Expedition 14 to Launch Sunday; Station Grows in Size


*Expedition 14 to Launch Sunday; Station Grows in Size*

Preparations are continuing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for 
the launch of the Expedition 14 crew. Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria 
and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin are scheduled to launch atop a Soyuz 
rocket on Sept. 18 at 12:09 a.m. EDT and arrive at the station at 1:24 
a.m. Sept. 20. The duo will replace Expedition 13 Commander Pavel 
Vinogradov and NASA Science Officer Jeff Williams, who are wrapping up a 
six-month stay on the station. European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas 
Reiter will stay on the station and join Expedition 14.

Flying to the station with Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin will be American 
Anousheh Ansari, the first female spaceflight participant to visit the 
orbiting laboratory. She is flying under contract with the Russian 
Federal Space Agency.

Meanwhile in orbit, a new truss segment and solar arrays were added to 
Expedition 14ís future home. The visiting STS-115 crew attached the 
P3/P4 truss integrated truss segment on Tuesday and unfurled the solar 
arrays on Thursday.

STS-115 is the first construction mission to visit the station since 
late 2002. STS-116 is the next construction mission and it is scheduled 
to visit the station and Expedition 14 as early as December.

For the latest information on STS-115, please visit: 

+ Expedition 13 Briefing Materials, August 22, 2006 
+ Expedition 14 Preflight Briefing Materials, August 22, 2006 
+ Next station assembly mission -- 12A 
+ Previous station assembly mission -- ULF 1.1 
+ Read more about Expedition 13 
+ Read more about Expedition 14 
+ View crew's daily timelines 
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