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ISS Cervantes


Crew: Duque. Spanish / ESA astronaut. Primary mission was to swap Soyuz lifeboats. Backup crew: Kuipers.

Duque carried out out 24 experiments in the fields of life and physical sciences, Earth observation, education and technology. The experiments were sponsored by the European Space Agency and Spain.

Duque was transported to the ISS with the Expedition 8 crew of Mike Foale and Aleksandr Kaleri aboard Soyuz TMA-3. Soyuz TMA-3 docked with the Pirs module at 07:16 GMT on October 20. After ten days in space, Duque returned to earth with the EO-7 crew of Malenchenko and Lu aboard Soyuz TMA-2.

The program of experiments under the SSM Cervantes Project included: Ageing, Root, Geneexpression, Message-2, Bmi-2, Cardiocog-2, Neurocog-2, Sympatho-2, Promiss Eo-2, Nanoslab-2, Lso-S, 3d Camera, Medops, Crew Restraint, Chondro, Video-2, Apis, Thebas, Ariss Eo-2, and Winograd.

AKA: Soyuz TMA-3 (Duque); ISS EP-5.
First Launch: 2003.10.18.
Last Launch: 2003.10.28.
Duration: 9.88 days.

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Associated People
  • Kuipers Kuipers, Andre (1958-) Dutch engineer cosmonaut, payload specialist astronaut. Flew on ISS Delta. More...
  • Duque Duque, Pedro Francisco (1963-) Spanish engineer mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-95, ISS Cervantes. First Spanish astronaut. More...

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Associated Programs
  • ISS Finally completed in 2010 after a torturous 25-year development and production process, the International Space Station was originally conceived as the staging post for manned exploration of the solar systrem. Instead, it was seemed to be the death knell of manned spaceflight. More...

ISS Cervantes Chronology


2003 October 18 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-52 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Duque; Foale; Kaleri; Lu; Malenchenko. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS Cervantes; ISS EO-8. Summary: A new crew rocketed toward the International Space Station early today, leaving the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz booster that lifted off at 12:38 a.m. CDT and flawlessly sped into Earth orbit.. Additional Details: here....

2003 October 18 - . 05:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz FG. LV Configuration: Soyuz-FG D15000-007 / ISS-7S.
  • Soyuz TMA-3 - . Call Sign: Ingul. Crew: Foale; Kaleri; Duque. Return Crew: Foale; Kaleri; Kuipers. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 213. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri; Duque; Kuipers. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: ISS EO-8; ISS Cervantes; ISS EO-7. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 194.77 days. Decay Date: 2004-04-30 . USAF Sat Cat: 28052 . COSPAR: 2003-047A. Apogee: 384 km (238 mi). Perigee: 376 km (233 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.20 min. The spacecraft carried the Expedition 8 crew of Mike Foale and Aleksandr Kaleri and the EP-5 (Cervantes) mission crewmember Pedro Duque. During the flight to the station spacecraft Commander was Aleksandr Kaleri . Soyuz TMA-3 docked with the Pirs module at 07:16 GMT on October 20. Once the EO-7 crew aboard the ISS was relieved, the roles switched, with Foale becoming the ISS Commander. Duque carried out out 24 experiments in the fields of life and physical sciences, Earth observation, education and technology. The experiments were sponsored by the European Space Agency and Spain. After ten days in space, Duque returned to earth with the EO-7 crew of Malenchenko and Lu aboard Soyuz TMA-2.

2003 October 20 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-54 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Duque; Foale; Kaleri; Lu; Malenchenko. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS Cervantes; ISS EO-8. The International Space Station's newest crew of Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri officially boarded the complex when hatches between its Soyuz spacecraft swung open at 5:19 a.m. CDT ( 1019 GMT, 2:19 p.m. Moscow time). They were joined by visiting researcher, European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque. Additional Details: here....

2003 October 20 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-53 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Duque; Foale; Kaleri; Lu; Malenchenko. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS Cervantes; ISS EO-8. New residents arrived at the International Space Station Monday with the ISS Soyuz 7 spacecraft docking to the Station at 2:16 a.m. CDT (0716 GMT, 11:16am Moscow time). The arrival of Expedition 8 and a European Space Agency visiting researcher initiated a week of intense science operations and handover activities for the newest station crew, which will stay aboard the complex for nearly 200 days. Additional Details: here....

2003 October 24 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-55 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Duque; Foale; Kaleri; Lu; Malenchenko. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS Cervantes; ISS EO-8. Final handover activities are underway aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition 7 crew prepares to return to Earth Monday, following six months aboard the orbiting complex. Landing is scheduled for 8:41 p.m. CST on the steppes of Kazakhstan. Additional Details: here....

2003 October 27 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-56 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Duque; Foale; Kaleri; Lu; Malenchenko. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS Cervantes; ISS EO-8. The Expedition 7 crew touched down in northern Kazakhstan in its Soyuz spacecraft about 8:41 p.m. CST, concluding a 183-day mission aboard the International Space Station and 185 days in space. Landing occurred on target, approximately 24 miles (38 kilometers) from Arkylyk in Kazakhstan. Additional Details: here....

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