April 30th, 2003
There are five Amateur Radio operators aboard the International Space Station this week. The Expedition 6 crew of Commander Ken Bowersox, KD5JBP, NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit, KD5MDT, and Nikolai Budarin, RV3FB, today welcomed Expedition 7 crew members Commander Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, and Ed Lu, KC5WKJ.
Submitted by Arthur – N1ORC
Malenchenko, Budarin and Bowersox will have a Soyuz descent and landing training session Wednesday to fine tune techniques Budarin will use on Saturday as he commands the return craft for its trip back to Earth. Bowersox, Budarin and Pettit will undock from the complex at 5:40 p.m. CDT May 3 en route to a landing in Kazakhstan at 9:03 p.m. that day.
Two new residents have arrived at the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft linked up to the station this morning as they flew over Kazakhstan in central Asia. The Russian Soyuz docked to the Earth-facing port of the station's Zarya Module at 12:56 a.m. CDT (0556 GMT).
Docking plan: The S-TMA2 arrives at the ISS on 28.04.03 at about 0550UTC and will somewhat later approach and dock. Over the Netherlands voice traffic about the approach can be monitored during ISS orbit 25321 between 0539-0547UTC via 121.750 mc and possibly also via 130.165 mc. Simultaneously Budarin can be active from ISS via 143.625 mc. The soft and hard mate will take place when both objects just have disappeared over the eastern horizon for Western Europe.
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Space veterans Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, and NASA
astronaut Ed Lu, KC5WKJ head into space this weekend to assume the reins of the International Space Station (ISS) as its Expedition 7 crew.
Expedition Seven to Launch Tonight
The Expedition Seven crewmembers -- Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu -- are set to begin their journey to the International Space Station tonight. Final preparations are under way at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, for the launch of their Soyuz rocket, which is slated for 10:54 p.m. CDT (0354 GMT Saturday). After two days in orbit, the Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the international outpost at 12:56 a.m. CDT (0556 GMT) Monday
"The United States does not plan to provide extra funding to Russia's space program in part because it does not believe Moscow's claim that it cannot afford to service the International Space Stationon its own, a US diplomat said Thursday
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