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ISS Delta


Crew: Kuipers. European Space Agency / Netherlands space mission to the ISS. Primary mission was to swap Soyuz lifeboats. Backup crew: Thiele.

European Space Agency / Netherlands space mission to the ISS. Kuipers rode to the space station with the EO-9 crew aboard Soyuz TMA-4, and returned seven days later with the EO-8 crew aboard Soyuz TMA-3.

The experimental program under the ESA Delta DSM Project included the experiments Flow, Kappa, Actin, Ice-First, Tubul, Circa, Sympatho-3, Muscle, Eye Tracking Device, Motion Perception, Suit, Sample, Promiss Eo-3, Arges, Heat, Mouse Telemeter, Lso-H, Video-3, Ariss Eo-3, Seeds, Graphobox, and Bug Energy.

AKA: Soyuz TMA-4; ISS EP-6.
First Launch: 2004.04.19.
Last Launch: 2004.04.30.
Duration: 10.87 days.

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Associated People
  • Thiele Thiele, Gerhard Julius Paul (1953-) German physicist mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-99. DARA. More...
  • Kuipers Kuipers, Andre (1958-) Dutch engineer cosmonaut, payload specialist astronaut. Flew on ISS Delta. More...

See also
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 Delta Chronology


2004 April 19 - . 03:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz FG. LV Configuration: Soyuz-FG Zh15000-009.
  • Soyuz TMA-4 - . Call Sign: Altair. Crew: Fincke; Padalka; Kuipers. Return Crew: Fincke; Padalka; Shargin. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 214. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Fincke; Padalka; Kuipers; Shargin. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: ISS EO-8; ISS EO-9; ISS Delta. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 187.89 days. Decay Date: 2004-10-24 . USAF Sat Cat: 28228 . COSPAR: 2004-013A. Apogee: 367 km (228 mi). Perigee: 359 km (223 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.80 min. Soyuz TMA-4 was ISS transport mission ISS 8S and delivered the EO-9 caretaker crew of Gennadiy Padalka and Michael Fincke, together with the ESA/Netherlands Delta mission crewmember Andre Kuipers, to the Space Station. Soyuz TMA-4 docked with the nadir port on Zarya at 05:01 GMT on April 21 and the hatches to the ISS were opened at 06:30 GMT. Another gyro on the station had shut down prior to the docking and possibly would require a maintenance spacewalk to replace its failed electronics.

    After Soyuz TMA-5 docked with the ISS on October 16, the EO-9 crew handed activities over to the EO-10 crew.


2004 April 23 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke; Foale; Kaleri; Kuipers; Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS Delta; ISS EO-8. Summary: New crewmembers aboard the International Space Station settled into a routine of handover briefings and scientific experiments after their arrival early Wednesday.. Additional Details: here....

2004 April 29 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-23 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke; Foale; Kaleri; Kuipers; Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS Delta; ISS EO-8. Completing more than six months in space, the International Space Station Expedition 8 crew, Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, returned to Earth today, bringing with them European Space Agency Astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, who had spent nine days aboard the complex conducting research. Additional Details: here....

2004 April 30 - .
  • Landing of Soyuz TMA-3 - . Return Crew: Kaleri; Foale; Kuipers. Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Kaleri; Foale; Kuipers. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8; ISS EO-9; ISS Delta. The ISS EO-8 crew of Kaleri and Foale, together with the ESA Delta mission astronaut Kuipers, undocked Soyuz TMA-3 from the International Space Station at 20:52 GMT on 29 April. There was minor concern due to a helium leak in the Soyuz engine pressurisation system. The Soyuz capsule made a soft landing at 00:11 GMT on 30 April near the city of Arkalyk. The recovery forces consisted of 160 people, eight helicopters, two aircraft and two all-terrain vehicles.The EO-9 crew of Fincke and Padalka remained aboard the ISS on a six-month caretaking mission.

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