Fri, Apr 15, 2005
ISS Status Report #19, 8 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 14,
The 11th crew of the International Space Station rocketed into
space late Thursday, beginning a six-month mission.
The ISS Soyuz 10 spacecraft carried Station Expedition 11
Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA Science Officer and Flight
Engineer John Phillips to orbit along with European Space Agency
Astronaut Roberto Vittori.
The Soyuz launched at 7:46 p.m. CDT from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. At the time, the Station was flying in a
northeasterly direction about 230 miles above the South Atlantic
Ocean. With Krikalev at the controls, the Soyuz is on course to
catch up and dock with the Station at 9:19 p.m. Saturday, April
The hatches between the arriving Soyuz 10 spacecraft and the
Station will be opened at about 12:05 a.m. Sunday. Live NASA
Television coverage of the docking and hatch opening will begin at
8 p.m. Saturday.
Krikalev and Phillips will stay aboard the Station until
October, while Vittori will spend eight days there conducting
experiments. The Station residents will open the door for the Space
Shuttle Discovery’s crew on their STS-114 mission to ISS in
May or June.
Expedition 10 Commander and NASA Science Officer Leroy Chiao and
Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov have been doing research and
maintaining Station systems since October. With Vittori, they will
undock from the Station and return to Earth April 24.
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