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ISS EO-8


Crew: Kaleri, Foale. Two-man Russian/American crew to provide minimal manning of space station while shuttle is grounded. Replaced EO-7 crew. Backup crew: McArthur, Tokarev.

Two-man Russian/American crew to provide minimal manning of space station while shuttle is grounded. Replaced EO-7 crew.

Expedition 8 crew of Mike Foale and Aleksandr Kaleri were transported to the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-3 together with 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. After ten days in space, Duque returned to earth with the EO-7 crew of Malenchenko and Lu aboard Soyuz TMA-2, leaving the EO-8 crew aboard the station.

The flight program consisted of the following main activities:

  • Launch of the ISS EO-8 crew and ESA's Spanish EP-5 aboard Soyuz TMA-3 on the 7S mission;
  • Soyuz TMA-3 docking to the Service Module with its subsequent redocking to the Functional Cargo Block;
  • Handling operations to undock Soyuz TMA-2, Progress M-48, Progress M1-11, Progress M-49 spacecraft;
  • Handling operations to dock Progress M1-11, Progress M-49, Progress M-50 and Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft;
  • Unloading of Soyuz TMA-3, Progress M1-11, Progress M-49, Progress M-50 and Soyuz TMA-4 ;
  • ISS maintenance and repairs;
  • Conduct of one extravehicular activity - the first egress from the Pirs CO1 docking compartment on the ISS RS;
  • Performance of scientific and applied research and experiments programs (Relaksatsia, Uragan, Molniya-SM, Sprut-MBI, Diurez, Parodont, Farma, Cardio-ODNT, Biotest, Profilaktika, Pulse, Gematologia, Pilot, Biorisk, Rastenia-2, Intercellular interaction, Prognos, Brados, Matryoshka-R, Diatomeya, Mimetik-K, KAF, Vaktsina-K, Biodegradatsia, Bioekologia, Interleukin-K, MSK, Meteoroid, Toksichnost, Tenzor, Vektor-T, Izgib, Privyazka, Iskazheniye, Plasma crystal, Identifikatsia, Skorpion, Kromka, Platan), as well as contracted commercial activities (GTS, MPAC&SEED, GCF-NASDA);
  • Performance of the program of experiments under the SSM Cervantes Project (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, Winograd) during the EP-5 mission;
  • Handover to the ISS EO-9 expedition and return to earth of the ISS EO-8 crew and ESA's Dutch EP-6 visiting crewmember aboard Soyuz TMA-3.

AKA: Soyuz TMA-3; ISS-7S; Ingul.
First Launch: 2003.10.18.
Last Launch: 2004.04.30.
Duration: 194.77 days.

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Associated People
  • McArthur McArthur, William Surles Jr 'Bill' (1951-) American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-58, STS-74, STS-92, ISS EO-12. US Army. Grew up in Wakulla, North Carolina. More...
  • Tokarev Tokarev, Valeri Ivanovich (1952-) Russian test pilot cosmonaut. Flew on STS-96, ISS EO-12. Russian Air Force test pilot, flying 44 types of aircraft and helicopters. Selected as Buran test pilot in 1987. From 1994, commander cosmonaut group for aerospace systems. More...
  • Kaleri Kaleri, Aleksandr Yuryevich (1956-) Latvian-Russian engineer cosmonaut. Flew on Mir EO-11, Mir EO-22, Mir EO-28, ISS EO-8, ISS EO-25. 769 cumulative days in space. Civilian Engineer, Energia NPO. More...
  • Foale Foale, Dr Colin Michael 'Mike' (1957-) British-American physicist mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-45, STS-56, STS-63, Mir NASA-4, STS-103, ISS EO-8; 373 days in space. Appointed Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Operations in 2004. 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 EO-8 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 #03-53 - . 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 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 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....

2003 October 28 - .
  • Landing of Soyuz TMA-2 - . Return Crew: Malenchenko; Lu; Duque. Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Malenchenko; Lu; Duque. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-7; ISS EO-8. The spacecraft returned with US astronaut Edward Lu, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and Spaniard Pedro Duque. The three astronauts aboard Soyuz TMA-2 landed at 02:14 GMT, 35 kilometers south of Arkalyk. Transfer of the astronauts was delayed when a snowstorm in Kazakhstan's capital Astana and heavy fog forced all of the rescue party's helicopters.

2003 October 31 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-57 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Duque; Foale; Kaleri; Lu; Malenchenko. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. International Space Station Expedition 8 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri wound up their first full workweek in space Friday. Science activities, Station maintenance, exercise and more familiarization with their new home were their focus. Additional Details: here....

2003 November 7 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-58 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Duque; Foale; Kaleri; Lu; Malenchenko. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: The Expedition 8 crew settled into life aboard the International Space Station this week, squaring away their new home in orbit and beginning work with several different experiments.. Additional Details: here....

2003 November 14 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-59 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. The Expedition 8 crew of the International Space Station wound up its week with a busy Friday, getting ready for next week's practice session for a possible February spacewalk. Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri also spent considerable time on science experiments. Additional Details: here....

2003 November 21 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-60 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri; Lu; Malenchenko. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: The eighth permanent crew to live on the International Space Station completed its first month aboard the complex this week, a week that saw the 16 nations that participate in the Station program celebrate the fifth anniversary of its launch.. Additional Details: here....

2003 November 28 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-61 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: The two-person crew living on the International Space Station celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, tested a modified configuration for an exercise machine and worked on science experiments this week.. Additional Details: here....

2003 December 5 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-62 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Expedition 8 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri Friday wrapped up a busy week aboard the International Space Station. ISS activities included scientific experiments ranging from behavior of plasma dust subjected to radio waves in a vacuum to investigation of stresses on the feet and legs during spaceflight. Additional Details: here....

2003 December 12 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-63 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: Aboard the International Space Station this week the Expedition 8 crew served as scientists, engineers, mechanics and investigators as it approaches two months of life in space aboard the orbiting outpost.. Additional Details: here....

2003 December 19 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-64 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri spent their ninth week in space this week splitting time between systems maintenance, scientific work and some holiday decorating.. Additional Details: here....

2003 December 24 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-65 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. The Expedition 8 crew had a busy three days of science and International Space Station maintenance activities before beginning to wind down Wednesday afternoon for a Christmas day off. Mike Foale, commander and NASA ISS science officer, and Alexander Kaleri, the flight engineer, also showed off their Christmas preparations to viewers on Earth. Additional Details: here....

2004 January 2 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-1 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. The International Space Station's Expedition 8 crew got back to work today after a day off to welcome the new year. Mike Foale, commander and NASA ISS science officer, and Alexander Kaleri, the flight engineer, worked with station systems and science. Foale also delivered a "status of the Station" message, looking ahead to future ISS activities and more distant space exploration. Additional Details: here....

2004 January 9 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-2 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale celebrated his 47th birthday on Wednesday this week while Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri observed the Russian Orthodox Christmas on Thursday as they both continued research work, performed several maintenance activities and conducted troubleshooting efforts to assist ground engineers analyzing a small decay in the Station cabin's atmospheric pressure. Additional Details: here....

2004 January 12 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-3 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. With the help of Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, flight controllers traced the apparent cause of a tiny pressure decay on the International Space Station Sunday to a braided flex hose that is part of the window system in the U.S. Destiny Laboratory. Additional Details: here....

2004 January 16 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-4 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: In an effort to gather more data regarding normal air pressure fluctuations onboard the International Space Station, Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri ended their week by closing several interior hatches.. Additional Details: here....

2004 January 23 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-5 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Jett; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri are preparing for next week's arrival of their first packages from home in almost three months.. Additional Details: here....

2004 January 29 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-6 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri; Kuipers. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: An unmanned Russian Progress resupply ship blasted off successfully today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver 21/2 tons of food, fuel and supplies to the residents of the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2004 January 29 - . 11:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511U. LV Configuration: Soyuz-U D15000-683.
  • Progress M1-11 - . Payload: Progress M1 s/n 260. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: ISS EO-8. Spacecraft: Progress M1. Duration: 116.00 days. Decay Date: 2004-06-03 . USAF Sat Cat: 28142 . COSPAR: 2004-002A. Apogee: 263 km (163 mi). Perigee: 192 km (119 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 88.73 min. ISS resupply, to dock at the Zvezda module of the station 13:15 GMT on 31 January. Launch delayed from November 20, 2003. Payload delivered amounted to 2345 kg and included a new flex hose for the Destiny module's leaky window, replacement parts for the Russian Elektron oxygen-generating unit, a spare Elektron, new Russian Solid Fuel Oxygen Generator candles, batteries for the Zarya and Zvezda modules, gas analyser equipment, updated fire suppression and detection equipment, a new Russian Orlan spacesuit, film, cameras, data cassettes and the Matreshka experiment package for installation on Zvezda's exterior during a spacewalk.

    A few days prior to its departure from the ISS, ground controllers fired the Progress M1-11's engines for 11 minutes, boosting the Station's altitude by 3.7 km and adjusting its inclination by one one-hundredth of a degree. Progress M1-11 undocked from the Station at 11:19 GMT on 24 May 2005, clearing the way for the arrival of Progress M-49. It was thereafter commanded to a destructive re-entry over the Pacific Ocean.


2004 January 31 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-7 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: An unmanned Russian resupply ship smoothly linked up to the International Space Station this morning, delivering 2-1/2 tons of food, fuel, spare parts and supplies to the two residents on board.. Additional Details: here....

2004 February 6 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-8 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: Aboard the International Space Station, Mike Foale and Alexander Kaleri of the Expedition 8 crew spent this week unpacking the first fresh supplies to arrive at the complex since they began their mission more than three and a half months ago.. Additional Details: here....

2004 February 13 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-9 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: The Expedition 8 crew aboard the International Space Station spent the week on early preparations for a spacewalk; training and positioning the robotic arm; conducting experiments; and 'educating' school children on long duration life in space.. Additional Details: here....

2004 February 20 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-10 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. All systems remain "go" for the only planned spacewalk by the International Space Station's Expedition 8 crewmembers. Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, who observed the four-month anniversary of their launch to the Space Station on Wednesday, finished up a long list of tasks this week to be ready for a spacewalk to be staged from the Pirs Docking Compartment Thursday, Feb. 26, starting at 3 p.m. CST. NASA Television coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 2 p.m. CST. Additional Details: here....

2004 February 26 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. The residents of the International Space Station today conducted the first ever two-man spacewalk without a crewmember inside, but the planned five and a half hour-spacewalk to support technology experiments and prepare for a future visit from a cargo vehicle was cut short by a cooling system problem with one of the two crewmembers' Russian Orlan suits. Additional Details: here....

2004 February 27 - . 21:17 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-8-1 - . Crew: Foale; Kaleri. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.16 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. The astronauts retrieved and replaced and replaced science instruments on the ISS Pirs and Zvezda modules. These included sample materials that had been exposed to space for two years and a radiation phantom that measured doses a human would have received. The spacewalk, planned for 5 hours 45 minutes duration, was cut short when the cooling circuit in Kaleri's suit malfunctioned and he reported seeing drops of water on his helmet visor. This was the first time NASA had dared to send the entire crew of the station out on an EVA in the ISS program (though common Russian practice during their Mir project).

2004 March 5 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-12 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale today reestablished a vacuum between the Destiny Laboratory's science window's two panes of optical-quality glass. The window work was associated with continuing repairs following a small pressure leak detected on the International Space Station in January. Additional Details: here....

2004 March 12 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. The Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri started the week with a three-day weekend and finished it with a successful treadmill repair. The International Space Station crew can now exercise on the treadmill with a working gyroscope. Additional Details: here....

2004 March 19 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Heading into the homestretch of their 61/2-month mission aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri spent the week conducting biomedical experiments and performing maintenance on a key Station component. Additional Details: here....

2004 March 19 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-14A - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Heading into the homestretch of their 61/2-month mission aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri spent the week conducting biomedical experiments and performing maintenance on a key Station component. Additional Details: here....

2004 March 26 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Foale; Kaleri. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: The oxygen-producing Elektron unit aboard the International Space Station continues to function well, as it has since it was restarted early last Saturday following the replacement of major components.. Additional Details: here....

2004 April 2 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke; Foale; Kaleri; Kuipers; Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: Plans for the next crew rotation on the International Space Station are on schedule this week, as the Expedition 8 crew members moved into their final month on orbit and their successors to within weeks of their scheduled launch.. Additional Details: here....

2004 April 9 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke; Foale; Kaleri; Kuipers; Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Three weeks remain in the six-month voyage aboard the International Space Station for Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri as the Expedition 8 crew prepares to return home later this month. Their week aboard the station focused on wrapping up science experiments and tidying up for their replacement crew, which is in Russia for launch preparations. Additional Details: here....

2004 April 16 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-19 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke; Foale; Kaleri; Kuipers; Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. Summary: Work to prepare for the eighth International Space Station crew exchange continued on schedule this week, both on the Station and at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.. Additional Details: here....

2004 April 18 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke; Foale; Kaleri; Kuipers; Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. A new crew is en route to the International Space Station following the launch tonight of the ISS Soyuz 8 spacecraft carrying Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke and visiting researcher European Space Agency Astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands. Additional Details: here....

2004 April 18 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke; Foale; Kaleri; Kuipers; Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-8. New residents arrived at the International Space Station at 12:01 a.m. CDT (0501 GMT, 9:01 a.m. Moscow time) Wednesday. Docking of the Expedition 9 Crew's Soyuz spacecraft (ISS Soyuz 8 / TMA-4) initiated a nine-day handover and science operation by a visiting European Space Agency researcher. Additional Details: here....

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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