Next ISS flight named DELTA
The Dutch Ministers for Economic Affairs and for Education, Culture & Science have announced the mission name of the next Soyuz flight to the International Space Station, which has Dutch ESA astronaut André Kuipers serving as flight engineer. This mission has been christened 'DELTA'.
Flanked by Kuipers and ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight, Mr Jörg Feustel-Büechl, on Tuesday, Ministers Brinkhorst and Van der Hoeven unveiled the mission logo and also announced the experiments to be performed by Kuipers during his stay on board the ISS.
Kuipers will fly on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in April 2004 to spend more than a week on ISS. While there, he will carry out an extensive programme of scientific, technological and educational experiments as part of the DELTA mission. These experiments are sponsored by Dutch Ministries and therefore have a Dutch character.
The mission name DELTA refers to the experiments to be performed during the flight. DELTA is the acronym for "Dutch Expedition for Life