The arrival to the International Space Station (ISS) of a modernized Russian Soyuz crew return vehicle will be covered live on NASA Television Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The undocking of the currently attached crew-return vehicle will be carried live on Nov. 9.
Soyuz vehicles are ferried to the ISS every six months to provide an assured crew-return capability for station residents.
Russian Soyuz 5 Commander Sergei Zalyotin, European Space Agency Flight Engineer Frank DeWinne of Belgium and Russian Flight Engineer Yuri Lonchakov are scheduled to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at approximately 10 p.m. EST October 29. They will spend approximately eight days conducting joint scientific activities with Expedition Five Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev, who have been on board the ISS since June. There will no coverage of the launch on NASA Television. NASA will issue a status report once the Soyuz reaches orbit.
Commentary will originate from the ISS flight control room at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, on Oct. 31 prior to the docking of the Soyuz and its crew to the station's Pirs Docking Compartment, beginning at 11 p.m. EST, with available downlink television from cameras on the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm. Docking is planned at approximately midnight EST Oct. 31. Coverage will extend through hatch opening and the greeting between the Soyuz crew and the Expedition Five crew, expected around 1:40 a.m. EST Nov. 1.
NASA TV also will provide live coverage and commentary of the Nov. 9 departure of the Soyuz crew in the return vehicle currently docked to the ISS beginning at 3 p.m. EST, with available downlink television from cameras on the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm. Undocking of the older Soyuz vehicle is expected around 3:30 p.m. EST. There will be no coverage of landing.
NASA TV is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C, vertical polarization at 85 degrees West longitude, 3880 MHz, with audio at 6.8 MHz.
Additional information on the ISS is available on the Internet at:
- end -