October 31, 2000
National Aeronautics And Space Administration
Early today the crew of Expedition 1 was launched toward the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Docking with the orbital outpost is scheduled to take place on November 2. Astronaut William Shepherd and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev will spend nearly four months aboard the space station and will receive visits from three space shuttle missions as construction of the station continues. The third mission, STS-102, will deliver the Expedition 2 crew in February 2001. Expedition 1 will return to Earth on STS-102.
At 1:53 a.m. CST (7:53 GMT), the International Space Station’s first resident crew launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan to begin its two-day journey to the station. U.S. Astronaut Bill Shepherd, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko and Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev were launched atop a Soyuz rocket. Meanwhile, the space station continues to orbit the Earth in good condition as it awaits the arrival of its first crew. Expedition 1 is scheduled to dock with the station Nov. 2 at 3:20 a.m. CST (9:20 GMT). Then, approximately 90 minutes after docking, the crew will begin the permanent human presence on the station when they open the hatch to the station’s Zvezda Service Module.
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