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On Orbit Update: ISS Expedition 8
Mission: ISS Expedition Crew Exchange
Launch Date: Saturday, October 18, 2003
Launch Time: 1:38 a.m. EDT
Live On Orbit Coverage: Began at 2:00 a.m. EDT. Watch for our continuing coverage on Oct 23 at 11 a.m. EDT

20 Oct 2:00 a.m. EDT
Welcome to NASA's live web coverage of the docking of Expedition 8 aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket with the International Space Station. Stay tuned to this page to follow key events as they occur. Video commentary is provided by Rob Navias of Johnson Space Center Public Affairs Office.

Relive the launch of the Expedition 8 Crew aboard the Russian Soyuz Rocket on October 18.

2:05 a.m. EDT
Ed Lu verifies with Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Office that the status of Station systems as they await the arrival of the Soyuz capsule.

2:14 a.m. EDT
Hatch opening is scheduled for 3:17 a.m. EDT this morning. Once the hatches are open and the crews greet each other, they will settle down for a midday meal.

2:25 a.m. EDT
The Soyuz capsule is closing on the station at the anticipated rate, high above the South Pacific.

2:43 a.m. EDT
Once the Soyuz has docked with the ISS, the Space Station will be in what is known as a "free drift." At this time Expedition 8 is able to see the Station. The Soyuz is approaching the Station at the rate of about 6.5 meters per second.

2:48 a.m. EDT
We are now 28.5 minutes away from docking with the ISS. At this time Alexander Kaleri can see the Space Station through the crosshairs to align for the docking. Right now they are approaching at 3 meters per second. At final approach the Soyuz will only be traveling at 1/10th of a meter per second.

2:54 a.m. EDT
Alexander Kaleri has initiated a fly around to pass by the Space Station and begin its final positioning maneuvers. This maneuver will take about 9 to 10 minutes to complete. The Soyuz vehicle is now less than 200 meters from the docking compartment and has slowed to an approach speed of only one tenth of a meter per second.

3:03 a.m. EDT
About two minutes from now after Russian ground station communications and telemetry are acquired the Soyuz vehicle will be given the go ahead for final approach.

3:11 a.m. EDT
Closing at the rate of 2/10th per meter per second. Proceeding "right on the money" during their final approach for docking. ISS is traveling about 230 statute miles over South Central Asia. With the docking of Soyuz TMA 3, there will now be three Russian vehicles docked at the Station - a Soyuz TMA 2 return vehicle and a Progress resupply vehicle.

3:14 a.m. EDT
20 meters away

3:15 a.m. EDT
10 meters away. Everyting continuing to go smoothly.

3:16 a.m. EDT
7 meters away, standby for contact and capture. We have contact. Docking confirmed. Mechancial capture now in affect. Initiation of the hooks will occur a few minutes from now.

3:45 a.m. EDT
Post Docking Press Conference, live from Korolov, Russia.

4:22 a.m. EDT
NASA Television and our live on line coverage will resume at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

5:30 a.m. EDT
Live coverage resumes on NASA TV and on line. The crews are preparing to open the hatches between the ISS and the Soyuz TMA-3 in about 45 minutes. The two crews are orbiting the earth at 245 statute miles over the South Pacific.

6:05 a.m. EDT
The ISS is on a trajectory that will carry it over the coast of Spain a short time from now. The crews are getting ready to open the hatch between the two vehicles in approximately 5 minutes.

6:12 a.m. EDT
The hatch has been opened and the crews are waiting for the acquisition of video signals before their official greeting and subsequent movement through the hatch will occur.

6:19 a.m. EDT
Expedition 7 Crew members, Ed Lu and Yuri Malenchenko greet their replacements the Expedition 8 Crew, Alexander Kaleri and Michael Foale as well as ESA Astronaut Pedro Duque. First aboard the ISS is Pedro Duque of Spain, the Expedition 8 Crew entering the station at 6:19 a.m. their home for the next six months.

6:21 a.m. EDT
A televised welcoming ceremony with the combined Expedition 7 and 8 crews was highlighted by an exchange of congratulatory greetings between the Crew and US, Russian and Spanish dignataries from the Mission Control Center at Korolev, Russia.

6:34 a.m. EDT
That concludes today's television and online coverage. Thank you for joining us for the docking of Soyuz Capsule with the International Space Station.

Web Live Coverage Schedule for Expedition 8 Events:
(all times listed are EDT)
Date Time Event
24 Oct 2:00 p.m. ISS Exp 8/7
Change of Command Ceremony
27 Oct 2:45 p.m. Farewell, Hatch Closure,
Undocking and Landing
30 Oct 9:00 a.m. Exp 7 Post-Landing
News Conference

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