Status Report

NASA Names Next International Space Station Crew

By SpaceRef Editor
November 21, 2003
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NASA Names Next International Space Station Crew
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Veteran NASA astronaut William S. McArthur Jr., a
retired U.S. Army colonel, and Russian Air Force Colonel
Valery I. Tokarev are the next crew for the International
Space Station.

McArthur and Tokarev trained as backups for the current
Station crew. They will launch to the Station aboard a
Russian Soyuz spacecraft in April 2004. Their six-month
mission is designated Expedition 9. McArthur will serve as
Station Commander and NASA Space Station Science Officer.
Tokarev is the Soyuz Commander and Station Flight Engineer.
During their stay aboard the orbiting research laboratory,
the crew will conduct scientific studies in Earth sciences,
life sciences, fundamental biology and microgravity.

European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Andre Kuipers joins
McArthur and Tokarev on their Soyuz flight. He will spend
eight days aboard the Station conducting experiments under a
commercial agreement between ESA and the Russian Aviation and
Space Agency. Kuipers returns to Earth with Expedition 8
Commander Mike Foale and Soyuz Commander Alexander Kaleri.
Kuipers’ backup for the flight is ESA Astronaut Gerhard
Thiele.

McArthur flew on three Shuttle missions: STS-58 in 1993; STS-
74 in 1995; and STS-92, a Station assembly flight, in 2000.
Tokarev first flew in 1999 aboard STS-96. The backup crew for
Expedition 9 is veteran NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao, Ph.D.,
and Russian cosmonaut Salizhan S. Sharipov. Chiao was a
Mission Specialist aboard STS-65 in 1994; STS-72 in 1996; and
STS-92 in 2000. Sharipov was a Mission Specialist on STS-89
in 1998.

For information about NASA astronauts, Russian cosmonauts,
and the Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

SpaceRef staff editor.