Status Report

Human Presence on ISS to Hit Three-Year Mark Sunday

By SpaceRef Editor
October 31, 2003
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Human Presence on ISS to Hit Three-Year Mark Sunday

The International Space Station will surpass another milestone Sunday. It will be the third anniversary of the permanent human habitation of the orbital outpost. The Expedition 1 crew arrived at the Station on Nov. 2, 2000. Since then, seven more crews have called it home, including its current residents, Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri.

Expedition 8 is a new arrival to the Station. Foale and Kaleri arrived Oct. 20 and took formal command Oct. 27 when the Expedition 7 crew departed. Their first week in charge included daily familiarization sessions and science work. The familiarization sessions are required for a new crew during its first two weeks aboard the ISS. Science work included work with PILOT, a Russian experiment that is studying changes in crew performance during long-duration space flight.

On the ground, Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu are in Star City, Russia, where they are undergoing rehabilitation and being debriefed following their six-month stay at the International Space Station. Malenchenko and Lu, along with European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque, landed in Kazakhstan on Oct. 27 aboard a Soyuz spacecraft.

SpaceRef staff editor.