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Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1272)

Oct. 13, 2004
 
RELEASE : SS04-035
 
 
International Space Station Status Report: SS04-035
 
 
The tenth crew of the International Space Station successfully rocketed into space tonight beginning a six-month mission.

A Soyuz spacecraft carried Station Expedition 10 Commander and NASA Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov to orbit along with Russian Space Forces Test Cosmonaut Yuri Shargin.

The Soyuz launched at 11:06 p.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. At the time, the Station was flying about 230 miles above West Africa. With Sharipov at the controls, the Soyuz is on course to catch up and dock with the Station at 12:25 a.m. EDT Saturday. The hatches between the arriving Soyuz spacecraft and the Station will be opened at about 3:25 a.m. EDT Saturday.

Chiao and Sharipov will stay aboard the Station until April. Shargin will spend eight days onboard the Station conducting science experiments. Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, Flight Engineer and Science Officer Mike Fincke and Shargin will undock from the Station and return to Earth Saturday, Oct. 23.

Information about the crew's activities aboard the Space Station, future launch dates Station sighting opportunities is available on the Internet at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

NASA will issue the next ISS status report following docking on Saturday, or earlier, if events warrant.
 

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