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Expedition 1 Launched, Enroute To Space Station

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October 31, 2000
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National Aeronautics And Space Administration
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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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The Expedition 1 crew is comprised of three veterans of human space flight who will make history as the first resident crew of the International Space Station. U.S. Astronaut Bill Shepherd will serve as the Expedition 1 commander. He will be responsible for the overall safety and success of the mission. Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko will serve as the Soyuz commander. He will be responsible for all of the systems on the Soyuz spacecraft from launch until docking and during landing if the crew needs to use it in the event of an emergency. Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev will serve as the flight engineer. He will be responsible for most of the station's systems.

While the Expedition 1 crew inhabits the International Space Station, three space shuttle missions will visit the station to continue on-orbit construction. The first mission will be STS-97 on Flight 4A, which will deliver U.S. solar arrays to add to the station's power capability. Then, STS-98 on Flight 5A will deliver and install the U.S. Laboratory Destiny. The third mission will be STS-102 on Flight 5A.1, which will deliver equipment racks for Destiny and the Expedition 2 crew. Expedition 1 will return to Earth on STS-102.


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National Aeronautics And Space Administration. "Expedition 1 Launched, Enroute To Space Station." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 October 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001031065150.htm>.
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