NASA Reports on Launch of Crew to New Space Station


Space Station News

Expedition 1 Crew Launches

At 1:53 a.m. CST (7:53 GMT), the International Space Station's first
resident crew launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan to begin
its two-day journey to the station. U.S. Astronaut Bill Shepherd,
Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko and Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev
were launched atop a Soyuz rocket. Meanwhile, the space station
continues to orbit the Earth in good condition as it awaits the
arrival of its first crew. Expedition 1 is scheduled to dock with the
station Nov. 2 at 3:20 a.m. CST (9:20 GMT). Then, approximately 90
minutes after docking, the crew will begin the permanent human
presence on the station when they open the hatch to the station's
Zvezda Service Module.

Expedition 1 Crew Contains Three

The Expedition 1 crew is comprised of three veterans of human space
flight who will make history as the first resident crew of the
International Space Station. U.S. Astronaut Bill Shepherd will serve
as the Expedition 1 commander. He will be responsible for the overall
safety and success of the mission. Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko
will serve as the Soyuz commander. He will be responsible for all of
the systems on the Soyuz spacecraft from launch until docking and
during landing if the crew needs to use it in the event of an
emergency. Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev will serve as the flight
engineer. He will be responsible for most of the station's systems.

First Crew to See 3 Shuttle Missions

While the Expedition 1 crew inhabits the International Space Station,
three space shuttle missions will visit the station to continue
on-orbit construction. The first mission will be STS-97 on Flight 4A,
which will deliver U.S. solar arrays to add to the station's power
capability. Then, STS-98 on Flight 5A will deliver and install the
U.S. Laboratory Destiny. The third mission will be STS-102 on Flight
5A.1, which will deliver equipment racks for Destiny and the
Expedition 2 crew. Expedition 1 will return to Earth on STS-102.