Status Report

Next Space Station Crew Ready for Saturday Launch

By SpaceRef Editor
October 17, 2003
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Next Space Station Crew Ready for Saturday Launch
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The next crew for the International Space Station is
making last-minute preparations for launch to the orbiting
laboratory. The launch is scheduled for Saturday at 1:38 a.m.

Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale, Flight Engineer
Alexander Kaleri of the Russian Aviation and Space Agency
(Rosaviakosmos), and Spain’s Pedro Duque of the European
Space Agency (ESA) are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz vehicle. Docking with the
Station is Monday Oct. 20. Duque will return to Earth Oct. 27
with the Expedition 7 crew, Commander Yuri Malenchenko and
NASA Station Science Officer Ed Lu.

Live NASA Television coverage begins Saturday Oct. 18 at
12:30 a.m. EDT.

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-
Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is
3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural
at 6.80 MHz. For information about NASA TV on the Internet,

For information about NASA and the International Space
Station on the Internet, visit:

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