09 November 2002 - Evening Update - LANDING! - The
three-man crew of
Soyuz Taxi Flight 5 has
landed safely on the
steppes of Kazakhstan, completing
their mission to
swap escape capsules (which are only
months on-orbit) and
science experiments while they were there.
Soyuz 5 Undocks from ISS; STS-113 Next
Expedition Five Commander Valery Korzun, Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev
and NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson bid farewell to their latest
set of visitors, the Soyuz [Taxi] 5 crew, on Saturday. However, they will not
have to wait long to welcome new guests to the station.
The three-member Soyuz ... crew undocked the Soyuz TM-34
spacecraft from the station at 2:44 p.m. CST [3:44PM EST/2044 GMT]
Saturday, leaving behind the Soyuz TMA-1 spacecraft that it delivered to
the station last week. [The capsule] landed safely in Kazakhstan at 6:04 p.m.
CST Saturday [7:04PM EST/0004 GMT Sunday].
The undocking set the stage for the arrival of STS-113 on
Tuesday. Space Shuttle Endeavour will deliver the Expedition Six crew and
the P1 (P-One) Truss to the station. The Expedition Five crewmembers have
spent time over the past week preparing for STS-113's three spacewalks and
packing for their return home on Endeavour. STS-113 is scheduled to launch
at 11:59 p.m. CST Sunday [12:59AM EST/0559 GMT Monday].
Stay tuned for our coverage of STS-113.
09 November - Afternoon Update - UNDOCKED - The Soyuz Taxi 5 cosmonauts
Lonchakov and Belgian
Frank De Winne - are
on their way home,
Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft from Space Station Alpha. Undocking was at
3:44PM EST (2044 GMT), a few minutes after the scheduled time of 3:35PM EST.
09 November 2002 - Undocking Day - Watch NASA TV and
ESA TV to watch undocking and landing activities for the
Soyuz Taxi Flight 5 crew. They will parachute down in the
TM-34 spacecraft that was
flown up to the ISS in
Fresh Soyuz ships must be flown up to the Station every six months for use
emergency lifeboat. See below for the
07 November 2002 - Thursday - Flight Day 8 was another busy day for
the half-dozen folks in orbit.
ISS, Soyuz Crew Continue Joint Operations
was another busy day aboard the International Space Station for the
Expedition Five and Soyuz [Taxi] 5 crews. Expedition Five Commander Valery Korzun
and NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson prepared the station's Quest
Airlock for the three STS-113 spacewalks.
The Soyuz ... crewmembers proceeded with pursuing their science
objectives Thursday. Flight Engineer Frank DeWinne worked with several
experiments inside the station's Microgravity Science Glovebox. One of those
studies monitors protein crystal growth with a digital holographic microscope.
Space Station is experiencing difficulties with the "scrubber" system
which removes exhaled carbon dioxide gas from
atmosphere, so Expedition 5 Science Officer Peggy Whitson has set up a
backup system to keep the
Station's air fresh and breathable. The six are in
no danger, since there is plenty of stored oxygen aboard.
More details available at the TMA-1 main page.