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First permanent Space Station Crew!
19 March 2001 - Discovery has undocked
from the Space Station, marking the official
end of Expedition One to the ISS. NASA reports:
Expedition Two Takes Command of Station
Two's Yury Usachev relieved Expedition One's Bill Shepherd as commander of
the International Space Station in a brief change of command ceremony
onboard the station. The Expedition One crew's - Shepherd, Pilot Yuri
Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev - tour of duty onboard the
station officially ended when the hatches closed between the station and
shuttle for the final time at 8:32 p.m. CST (02:32 GMT Monday). Expedition
Two - Usachev and Flight Engineers Jim Voss and Susan Helms - will spend
four months on the station. Discovery undocked at 10:32 p.m. CST Sunday
(04:32 GMT Monday).
Now the STS-102 astronauts (with their three new crewmembers) turn
their thoughts towards home, with a return
to Earth scheduled for late Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. They also
commented on the impending
demise of Russia's Mir station - where four of the ten people in orbit
right now have served. NASA
TV interview tonight
- check here
18 March 2001 - We have some updating to do on this page
(stay tuned)! For now, Expedition One is drawing to a close, with the three-man crew anxious to get
home. Their tour ends tonight with the undocking of Shuttle Discovery
(STS-102). NASA reports:
Prepares to Change Expeditions, Commanders
Even though Expedition Oneís stay at the International Space Station
does not officially end until Space Shuttle Discovery undocks, there will
be a short change of command ceremony just before final hatch closure. In
the ceremony, Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd will handover command
of the station to Expedition Two Commander Yury Usachev. Discoveryís
departure also will mark the end of a successful tour of duty on the
station by the Expedition One crew and the beginning of a busy four-month
stay for the Expedition Two crew. Hatch closure is slated for 7:27 p.m.
CST today (01:27 GMT Monday), and undocking is scheduled for 10:32 p.m.
CST today (04:32 GMT Monday).
Expedition One Nearing Completion
One Commander Bill Shepherd, Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer
Sergei Krikalev began the permanent human habitation of the International
Space Station on Nov. 2, 2000. During their stay, which will end when
Space Shuttle Discovery undocks from the station on March 17, the station
continued to grow in size with the installation of the large U.S. solar
array structure on STS-97
and the U.S.
Destiny Laboratory Module on STS-98.
Much of the crew's work was centered on preparing the inside of the
station for future crews. Shepherd, Gidzenko and Krikalev are slated to
return to Earth on STS-102, which is scheduled to land March 20 at 11:55
p.m. CST (March 21 at 05:55 GMT).
Follow the transition to Expedition Two at the STS-102
01 February 2001 - Atlantis will arrive at the ISS in
about a week. NASA reports:
Prepares for Destiny's Arrival
Astronaut Bill Shepherd and Cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev
continue to prepare for the arrival of STS-98. Space Shuttle Atlantis and
its five-member crew will continue the on-orbit construction of the
station with the delivery and installation of the U.S. Laboratory Module
Destiny. The station crew and flight controllers plan to conduct a
rehearsal of Atlantis' docking with the orbital outpost. Also, they will
conduct an experiment to measure electrical charging by the U.S. solar
arrays. Atlantis is slated to lift off from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.,
Feb. 7 at 5:11 p.m. CST (23:11 GMT) and dock with the station Feb. 9 at
10:56 a.m. CST (16:56 GMT).
Businessman Dennis Tito has signed a new contract for a Russian
launch to the ISS, now that his planned Mir trip is on the rocks.
28 January 2001 - The Space Station crew paused to reflect on the 15th anniversary of the Challenger disaster.
In Remembrance of the Space Shuttle Challenger Crew
One crew sent a message to Earth in remembrance of the members of the STS-51L
crew who died in an accident on Space Shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986.
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25 January 2001 - Still waiting... NASA reports:
Station Waits for Destiny
As the International Space Station continued to orbit the Earth in
excellent shape, its three-member crew spent a smooth week performing
routine maintenance and inspections, practicing emergency procedures and
preparing for the arrival of the U.S. Destiny Laboratory Module. The
emergency procedures that were practiced included dealing with a simulated
leak and making preparations for the evacuation of the space station.
Also, the crew performed several housekeeping jobs and exercised daily.
Destiny is scheduled to be delivered to the station
by STS-98 on
Feb. 9. Space Shuttle Atlantis and the STS-98 crew are slated to
liftoff from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb. 7 at 5:11 p.m. CST (23:11
GMT). The STS-98 Press
Kit is available.
One on-orbit imagery is available in the Gallery.
Also, check out the new Expedition One crew videos.
18 January 2001 - Atlantis' launch is delayed for safety
Continues to Prepare for Destiny's Arrival
Even though the launch of STS-98 is delayed by three weeks, the Expedition
1 crew will continue preparation for the arrival of Space Shuttle Atlantis
and the U.S. Laboratory Module Destiny. As the crewmembers await Atlantis'
arrival, they will be conducting inventory and stowing items, reviewing
documents for the activation of Destiny, practicing for an emergency
departure from the station, and taking part in conferences with technical
specialists. Over the past week, they reinstated the use of the Zvezda
Service Module's eight batteries with the replacement of a faulty current
converter. Also, they removed an air duct that was obstructing one of four
latches inside of the docking port. The latches were cycled and the
docking port is ready for relocation during STS-98. Meanwhile, the station
continues to orbit the Earth in excellent shape.
TV on Thursday, Jan. 18 to see the Expedition
1 Mission Status Briefing, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. CST (21:00 GMT).
The new liftoff date is tentatively
scheduled for early February, pending inspection of the electrical
cabling that controls SRB separation.
11 January 2001 - The crew of Space Station Alpha is
getting ready to play host to their second of three visiting Shuttle
Prepares for Destiny's Arrival
Onboard the International Space Station, Astronaut Bill Shepherd and
Cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko are preparing for the arrival
of STS-98. Space Shuttle Atlantis and its five-member crew will deliver
and install the U.S. Laboratory Module Destiny, the station's first
science facility. The station crew conducted inventory and began stowing
equipment and supplies.
In addition to the
installation of Destiny, the STS-98 astronauts will relocate a docking
port and conduct three space walks. Atlantis is slated to launch Jan. 19
at 1:11 a.m. CST (07:11 GMT) and dock with the station Jan. 20 at 7:45
p.m. CST (Jan. 21 at 01:45 GMT). The STS-98
Press Kit is available.
Follow the Shuttle
on our new STS-98 Mission Journal.
03 January 2001 - It's now 10 weeks since the two Russians and one American
made a home on Space Station Alpha.
Enters 10th Week in Orbit
As preparations on Earth stepped up for STS-98,
which will deliver the U.S.
Destiny Laboratory to the International Space Station, the
three-member Expedition 1 crew entered its 10th week in orbit on
Wednesday, Jan. 3. The crew reported that everything onboard the station
is running smoothly. Recent activities for the crew include conducting
biomedical and engineering experiments, performing systems maintenance and
exercising. Later this week, the crew will review flight plans for the
arrival of STS-98.
Shuttle Atlantis is due to launch on Jan 19th, to deliver
the Station's newest module, the "Destiny" lab. Follow the flight
on our new STS-98 Mission Journal.
02 January 2001 - The trio of space explorers aboard the
ISS celebrated a quiet New Year in orbit. NASA reports:
Crew Welcomes New Year
In their tenth week aboard, Astronaut Bill Shepherd and Cosmonauts Yuri
Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev became the first crew to experience the
beginning of a new year on the International Space Station. The crew
members spent a relaxing New Year's Eve holding private conferences with
their families as they geared up for a busy week of biomedical experiments
and preparations for the next Shuttle assembly flight to the ISS which is
scheduled for launch the third week in January. They also paused to send a
message to Earth. It is Naval tradition for the person on duty at the
helm of a ship to provide an entry into the ship's log at the turn of the
New Year. Shepherd, a U.S. Navy captain, wrote a poem to capture his
thoughts and reflections on the occasion.
post-flight imagery and Expedition
1 on-orbit imagery is available in the Gallery.
Also, check out the new Expedition 1 crew videos.
29 December 2000 - Dennis
Tito, the former rocket scientist (and current wealthy investor)
has made his final payment
to the account holding his money aside to fund a trip to space. Originally
planned for Mir, this historic trip (world's first space tourist) is slated
to visit the International Space Station. Tito is scheduled to blast off
sometime this spring aboard a Soyuz rocket. NASA has no comment about it.
Wonder if he'll be confined to the Russian modules?
26 December 2000 - Here is Part
2 of the CNN series on the year
2001, "The Science of the International Space Station".
23 December 2000 - Christmas is coming - and the ISS crew's thoughts are probably of home and family.
Life in space is not easy! NASA reports:
Crew Sends Holiday Greetings
Onboard the International Space Station, Expedition 1 Commander Bill Shepherd, Soyuz
Commander Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev sent holiday
greetings to the people of Earth.
On Christmas Day, the
crewmembers will take a break from their work activities and have a quiet
celebration. They will open gifts that were delivered by a cargo ship and
Space Shuttle Endeavour, talk to their families and eat rehydrated turkey.
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20 December 2000 - Latest ISS Status Report here.
14 December 2000 - Latest ISS Status Report here.
06 December 2000 - The Endeavour astronauts face a tricky
repair job on the first solar panel, which was deployed Sunday. It's
busy inside the Station as well. NASA reports:
Works in Unity, Zvezda
Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd and cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko
had a busy day Wednesday aboard the space station. They installed a new
air conditioning unit brought up by the Progress supply vessel which
docked with the station Nov. 17 to replace one that had failed earlier in
the week. The new unit is functioning well. The crew also replaced a
malfunctioning fan in the Vozdukh carbon dioxide removal unit, bringing
that life-support unit back on line.
Shepherd went back inside the Unity module about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday to install
electrical outlets and air ducts and separate the power feeds going to the
early communication and S-band communication systems, providing additional
Housekeeping on the Space Station
focus on the daring accomplishments of our astronauts on the International
Space Station and the Space Shuttle. But in space as at home, somebody
still has to cook dinner and take out the trash. Learn
about the day-to-day routine of life in orbit from two veteran
astronauts who helped build the space station. Meanwhile, the five
Endeavour astronauts currently visiting the space station are preparing
for the third space walk of the mission, scheduled to begin Thursday at
11:51 a.m. EST. Follow the space walk live on NASA
TV or NASA TV on the
Web. In addition to installing a probe on the International Space
Station to measure the electrical potential of plasma, space walkers Joe
Tanner and Carlos Noriega will adjust tension on the solar blankets of the
starboard solar array that was deployed Sunday night.
More info at the STS-97 Mission Journal
03 December 2000 - Shuttle Endeavour continues docked
operations with the ISS today. NASA reports:
Crew Enters Unity, Gets Items Left by STS-97 Astronauts
This morning, Expedition 1 Commander Bill Shepherd expressed happiness about the
supplies and care packages that the STS-97
crew left in the docking port. Among the supplies left in the port were a
new laptop computer and headsets, water, food, coffee and a pair of
pliers. Shepherd said, "It's kind of like Christmas up here going
through the bags."
Sunday, the P6
Integrated Truss Structure, which contains the U.S. solar arrays, will
be attached by Endeavour's robotic arm and STS-97 space walkers Joe Tanner
and Carlos Noriega. While at the station, the STS-97 crew will conduct a
total of three space
walks. Friday, the STS-97 astronauts will meet the station crew for
the first time.
1 on-orbit imagery is available in the Gallery.
Also, check out the new Expedition 1 crew videos.
Get the scoop at the STS-97 Mission Journal page!
02 December 2000 - Shuttle Endeavour (STS-97) docked with the ISS today! NASA reports:
Docks with Station
Endeavour's astronauts executed a flawless docking to the inhabited International
Space Station at 2 p.m. [3PM EST] Saturday and took the first step in providing
additional power to the orbiting complex in preparation for the first of
three planned space walks Sunday.
With Expedition One
crew members Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev looking on,
Commander Brent Jett guided the shuttle to a smooth linkup with the ISS as
the two craft sailed 230 statute miles above northeast Kazakhstan.
Endeavour is attached to a new station docking port installed last month
by the STS-92 astronauts.
STS-97 Arrives at Space Station to Install,
Deploy Solar Arrays
STS-97's work will increase the power generating capability of the station with the
installation of the P6
Integrated Truss Structure, which contains the first set of U.S. solar
arrays. The shuttle astronauts were assisted in the docking by Expedition
1 crew on the International Space Station.
Sunday, the P6 will be attached by Endeavour's robotic arm and STS-97 space walkers
Joe Tanner and Carlos Noriega. When the solar arrays are deployed, the station will
become the third brightest object in the night sky. While at the station,
the STS-97 crew will conduct a total of three
space walks. Friday, the STS-97 astronauts will meet the station crew for the first time.
Follow the action at the STS-97 Mission Journal page!
30 November 2000 - Latest ISS Status Report here.
26 November 2000 - How do you keep microscopic stowaways off the
(AKA Space Station Alpha)? Read all about it here.
22 November 2000 - The ISS crew is busy unpacking all the goodies that arrived on the Progress
cargo ship that docked
with the Station last
Continues to Unload Progress
On Nov. 22, the International Space Station continued to orbit the Earth in good shape as
the Expedition 1 crew continued to work unloading the Progress Cargo Ship
and activating station support systems. The crew reported that it was
about 70 percent complete with the transfer of supplies from the Progress
to the space station. The transfer is expected to be complete by Nov. 24.
The Progress will undock from the station one day following the launch of
Space Shuttle Endeavour, which is slated for Nov. 30. STS-97
will be the first of three shuttle missions scheduled to visit the
Expedition 1 crew during its four-month stay at the station. Endeavour and
five astronauts will deliver the P6
Integrated Truss Structure, which contains the U.S. solar arrays.
The most recent International
Space Station Status Report. Also, check out the new Expedition 1 crew
18 November 2000 - The ISS crew has received their first
"care package" from home - a Russian supply
ship! The docking
was carried out manually by cosmonauts Gidzenko and Krikalev when the
docking camera "went blurry" - talk about keeping your cool! NASA
Docks with Space Station
Russian Progress cargo ship docked with the International Space Station
Friday at 9:48 p.m. CST (Saturday at 3:48 GMT). Russian Cosmonaut Yuri
Gidzenko used the station's manual docking system to link the two
spacecraft. This is the second Progress to visit the station, and the
first to visit the Expedition 1 crew.
The Progress is loaded with supplies and spare parts for the Expedition 1 crew.
The cargo ship launched Wednesday at 7:33 p.m. CST (Thursday at 1:33 GMT) from
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Over the next two weeks, the three-member
station crew will unload the Progress, which is docked to the Zarya
Control Moduleís nadir port, or downward facing docking port.
Watch streaming video on NASA
TV to see coverage of the Expedition 1 crew's interviews with ABC and
CNN on Tuesday at 5:05 a.m. CST (11:05 GMT).
1 on-orbit imagery is now available in the Gallery.
Station commander Bill Shepherd reports that it's a little noisy
up there, but at least they have a working air conditioner and
Progress launch report (ISS
cargo ship) from CNN.
14 November 2000 - The "Alphans" are getting ready for the arrival of the unmanned cargo ship from
Baikonur. NASA reports:
Cargo Ship Slated to Launch Wednesday Night
Preparations continued onboard the International Space Station for the arrival of a Progress
resupply ship, which is scheduled to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome,
Kazakhstan, Wednesday at 7:32 p.m. CST (Thursday at 1:32 GMT). Tuesday,
the three-member station crew performed a rehearsal of the Progress'
arrival, which is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 9:07 p.m. CST (Nov. 18 at 3:07
GMT). Also on Tuesday, the crew performed several medical tests and
activated and checked out medical equipment.
1 on-orbit imagery is now available in the Gallery.
CNN's Miles O'Brien recounts
his trip to the Baikonur Cosmodrome to witness
the launch of the Space Station crew.
10 November 2000 - ISS/Alpha's
life support systems fully operational - NASA reports:
Space Station Crew Activates Oxygen Generation System
Aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 1 crew turns on the Elektron
oxygen generation system. Now, all of the station's critical life support
systems are active. Also, the crew was asked to set up a radiation detection
monitor in response to an increase of solar flare activity. Meanwhile in Russia,
flight controllers continue to prepare for the launch of a Russian Progress
cargo ship, which will deliver supplies and spare parts to the space station.
The Progress is slated to lift off at 7:32 p.m. CST Nov. 15 (1:32 GMT Nov. 16)
and dock with the station Nov. 17 at 9:07 p.m. CST (Nov. 18 at 3:07 GMT).
Saturday, the crew will begin a three-day off-duty period.
08 November 2000 - Key life-support systems installed
(you'd think they would have set that up in advance!). NASA reports:
Generation System Slated to be Activated Thursday
The International Space Station's first resident crew continued its work
setting up its new home. Wednesday, the three-member crew reported that
all equipment associated with the Elektron oxygen generation system
has been installed. The system is planned to be activated Thursday.
Meanwhile in Russia, flight controllers continue to prepare
for the launch of a Russian Progress cargo ship, which will deliver supplies and
spare parts to the space station. The Progress is slated to lift off at 7:32
p.m. CST Nov. 15 (1:32 GMT Nov. 16) and dock with the station Nov. 17 at 9:07
p.m. CST (Nov. 18 at 3:07 GMT).
The three-man crew got to try out all their nifty
new exercise gear this week. It's not just for play: Muscles atrophy in
microgravity, so working out is essential to maintaining good health (even
more than it is on the ground!).
07 November 2000 - The space station crew are getting a visit from a supply ship in a couple of weeks. NASA reports:
Making the Space Station Home Sweet Home
The Expedition 1 crew continues to make the International Space Station more
like home. Part move-in crew, part construction crew, Mission Commander
Bill Shepherd and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev have been
very busy installing several key pieces of equipment in the Zvezda living
quarters. They have also had to be creative. When the food warmer's power
cable was temporarily misplaced, they rigged the power cable from a camera
instead. Over the weekend they installed an air conditioner--an important
piece of equipment because it also creates water for the crew. They also
installed a carbon dioxide scrubber and an oxygen generator. These
machines are needed to keep the air inside the orbiting complex healthy.
Crew Completes 1st Week in Space
Tuesday, the Expedition 1 continued to set up the International Space
Station as they completed one week in space. The crew installed the final cables
in to a Russian Elektron oxygen generation system. The crew also installed a TV monitor
for the backup rendezvous system that will used if the automated system fails
when a Progress cargo ship rendezvous with the station. The next Progress is
scheduled to dock with the station on Nov. 18. Meanwhile, the space station
continues to orbit the Earth in good shape.
New videos here.
06 November 2000 - The guys on the Space Station are
busy getting their new home ready for their long stay. NASA reports:
Installs Backup Docking System, Exercises for First Time
Monday, the Expedition 1 crew members continued their work on the International Space Station.
They installed a backup rendezvous system in the Zvezda Service Module.
This manual system will be used if the automatic system failed during an
approach of a Progress cargo ship. The next Progress to arrive at the
station is scheduled to launch Nov. 16 and dock Nov. 18. Meanwhile, the
crew continued to install cables for the Elektron oxygen generation system
and continued to set up the computer network system and laptop computers.
It wasn't all work, though. Each crew member exercised on the station for the first time on
the bicycle ergometer. The crew will use the treadmill for the first time
Meanwhile, down on the ground, the astronauts making up the folow-up
crews that will live on the Station next year are thrilled
that the first three finally got up there. Let's keep this train
Wrap up last week's space news at Florida Today.
05 November 2000 - Alpha's astronauts get life support up and running - NASA reports:
1 Crew Continues Work on Station
The International Space Station's first crew members continued a busy and productive pace of
work Saturday, activating and installing several key pieces of equipment
in the Zvezda living quarters as they began to settle in to life aboard
the orbiting complex.
Early Saturday, the crew -- Commander Bill Shepherd, Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer
Sergei Krikalev - powered up the Vozdukh system in Zvezda, a regenerative
air-scrubbing system that removes carbon dioxide from the cabin and vents
it overboard. The system has been confirmed working well by Russian flight
controllers at Mission Control, Korolev, and the crew has discontinued use
of disposable canisters that had initially been used to remove carbon
The crew is confined
to two of the three sections of "Space
Station Alpha", until new solar arrays arrive on STS-97. Then there
will be enough electricity to keep all three sections powered up and heated.
L.A. Times editorial here
[bottom of page].
UPI: Trip Report Part 6.
03 November 2000 - So, how do you get water to drink and bathe when the nearest faucet is
over 200 miles away?
on the Space Station: Making and Recycling Water
Rationing and recycling will be an essential part of daily life on the
International Space Station
(ISS). In orbit, where Earth's natural life support system is missing, the
Space Station itself has to provide abundant power, clean water, and
breathable air at the right temperature and humidity--24 hours a day, 7
days a week, indefinitely. Nothing can go to waste. The current crew of
ISS, Expedition 1, is using water delivered to the Station by past Space
Shuttle missions, but future Station residents are in for clean-up via
sponge baths using water distilled from--among other places--their
Does the average person know or care about the milestone
that has been achieved with the ISS? Jay Leno, in a
"Jay-Walking" segment where he gathers goofy answers to
man-in-the-street interviews, asked one college student where the
International Space Station was. The reply? "Uh... Texas?"
Maybe he was thinking of Mission Control. We space-geeks know that it is
a big deal, though - the last day of
October may well have been the last day that humans were ever absent from
The threesome spent yesterday moving in, flipping on lights and making
the Station "come alive". Latest ISS Status Report here.
02 November 2000 - Update 11:30PM EST - After years of
haggling over the Space Station's name, NASA chief Dan Goldin finally gave
in and let the crew temporarily use the call
sign "Alpha". Well, it is catchy, but.... what about
SkyLab, Salyut, Mir, etc - were they all "pre-Alpha"s??? Some
Russians on the ground resent the implication of "Alpha"'s meaning
- after all it was the USSR (and later, Russia) who pioneered long-term
human habitation of space with their orbital stations. The crew, however,
was united in their desire for a name, and clasped hands for the cameras.
Latest ISS, er, Alpha Status Report here.
02 November 2000 - Update 7:30AM EST - Expedition One
docks with the ISS, and they are now
inside! The crew are busy firing
up onboard computers, and getting settled in. It only took them 90
minutes to enter the station after the linkup with the Soyuz spacecraft.
Expedition 1 Crew Enters the International Space Station
At 4:23 a.m. CST (10:23 GMT), U.S.
Astronaut Bill Shepherd and Russian Cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev
began a new era in human space flight when they opened the hatch and entered the
International Space Station. The Expedition 1 crewís four-month stay in the
station will begin the permanent human habitation of space. For the remainder of
the day, the crew will activate the stationís food warmer, setup the sleeping
quarters and perform communications checks with flight controllers in Houston,
Texas, and Korolev, Russia. Expedition 1 is scheduled to leave the station in
February when the three-member Expedition 2 crew arrives on STS-102.
Follow the mission on NASA
02 November 2000 - Expedition One to arrive
this morning! NASA reports:
Expedition 1 Crew Set to Dock with Station
Aboard the Soyuz space capsule, Mission Commander Bill
Shepherd and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev are preparing for
arrival at their new home for four months, the International Space Station. The
Soyuz is scheduled to dock with the space stationís Zvezda Service Module at
4:24 a.m. EST (9:24 GMT) on Thursday, November 2. About 90 minutes after
docking, the crew is scheduled to open the hatch to the station. Meanwhile, the
Soyuz and the space station continue to operate in good condition. Watch this
historic docking on NASA
Television and on the Web.
NASA plans extensive coverage of the
docking. Play-by-play continues at Florida
Today and Spaceflight Now!
01 November 2000 - Update 11PM - Expedition One
continues to close in on the ISS,
with docking scheduled for Thursday morning, shortly before 4:30AM EST.
Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the station, urging the trio to
a new chapter in the history of international space exploration". NASA reports:
1 Prepares for Docking
The Expedition 1 crew completes preparations for docking with the
International Space Station at 3:24 a.m. CST (9:24 GMT) Thursday. An
automated rendezvous sequence will begin at 1 a.m. (7:00 GMT) Thursday
with the first of several rendezvous maneuvers scheduled for 1:25 a.m.
(7:25 GMT). At 2:57 a.m. (8:57 GMT), the Soyuz will perform a partial
flyaround of the station and begin station-keeping. The final approach is
set to begin at 3:15 a.m. (9:15 GMT) leading up to the docking.
After docking, the
hatch to the International Space Station will be opened at 4:40 a.m.
(10:40 GMT) with Shepherd, Gidzenko, and Krikalev entering their new home
in space for the first time. The event will be covered live via audio only
but recorded on video. Video playback of the hatch opening will be shown
on NASA TV at 6:20 a.m. (12:20 GMT).
Station commander Bill Shepherd also got a surprise
call from his wife. "Pick up milk and bread on the way
home?" Play-by-play continues at Florida
Today and Spaceflight
01 November 2000 - Update 6PM - The two cosmonauts and
one astronaut who comprise Expedition One are racing toward a rendezvous
with the ISS. NASA reports:
Expedition 1 Closing in on Station
During its first full day in orbit, the
Expedition 1 crew continued to close in on its future home, the
International Space Station. Tuesday, Soyuz Commander Yuri Gidzenko
performed two rendezvous burns to adjust the Soyuz spacecraftís orbit. At
10:02 p.m. CST Tuesday (4:02 GMT Wednesday), the Progress cargo ship was
commanded to undock from the station to free up the docking port for
Expedition 1. The Progress was then commanded to leave orbit and burn up in
the atmosphere over the southern Pacific Ocean. Thursday, the Soyuz is
scheduled to dock with the space stationís Zvezda Service Module at 3:24
a.m. CST (9:24 GMT). About 90 minutes after docking, the crew is scheduled
to open the hatch to the station. Meanwhile, the Soyuz and the space station
continue to operate in good condition.
01 November 2000 - Expedition One continues to orbit the
Earth. Russian and American ground personnel
celebrated last night's successful launch.
The Soyuz TM-31 spacecraft is closing in on the ISS, ready
to dock with the Pressurized Mating Adapter that had been occupied by
the Progress cargo ship. NASA reported:
1 Closing in on Station
The International Space Station's first resident crew, Expedition 1,
continues to close in on its new home. The three-member crew launched on a
Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 1:53 a.m. CST (7:53
GMT) today. Before going to sleep today, the crew successfully deployed
docking probes and checked out motion control systems on the Soyuz
capsule. Also, two rendezvous engine burns were performed to keep the
capsule on course. A third burn will be performed Wednesday morning.
Tonight, the Progress cargo ship will be undocked from the station and
commanded to re-enter Earth's atmosphere, where it will burn up.
Expedition 1 is scheduled to dock with the station Thursday at 3:20 a.m.
CST (9:20 GMT).
The Progress, now filled with trash from the
last 2 Shuttle missions,
was commanded to undock and de-orbit, burning up over the atmosphere. That's
one fancy garbage incinerator!
Here are yesterday's noon
Mission Control Status Reports.
UPI: Trip Report Part 4.
30 October 2000 - Expedition One lifts
off tonight (Tuesday morning, 2:53AM EST) for their new
home in space! NASA reports:
Flight controllers in the United States and Russia are preparing the
International Space Station for the arrival of its first resident crew. Expedition 1 is
scheduled to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Oct. 31 at 1:53 a.m. CST (7:53 GMT).
Watch streaming video on
NASA TV to see the launch of
the Expedition 1 crew. Live coverage begins at 1 a.m. CST (7:00 GMT) Oct. 31.
Not wanting to tempt fate, the crew
will make a few important
stops on their way to the launchpad - including answering the "call
of nature" on the rear wheels of the cosmonaut bus! This is a custom
going back to Yuri
Gagarin (who probably wasn't thinking he was starting a new tradition at
the time - he just had to go, that's all!). Other traditions include
the viewing of the same movie he watched on the evening before his flight,
and a visit to his grave at the
Kremlin (the crew paid their respects on Oct 16th).
Speaking of launchpads, the trio
will lift off from the very
same pad that saw Gagarin's
historic flight inaugurate the age of human space exploration in 1961. Their
ride will be a little more
modern, though - they are going up on a Soyuz
rocket, topped by the latest-model Soyuz
spacecraft (which will also serve as a
lifeboat during their 4-month stay).
Wrap up last week's space news at Florida Today.
UPI: Trip Report Part 2.
29 October 2000 - The first permanent crew of the
International Space Station launches
from Baikonur on Monday night/early Tuesday! Lots of articles at Florida
Today. Who is on Expedition One? NASA explains:
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.
The trio is pictured here visiting the grave of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. It is a cosmonaut tradition to visit his
burial site before a space flight.
UPI: Trip Report Part 1.
28 October 2000 - The Expedition One crew will play host
to three Shuttle flights during their four-month say in orbit. NASA
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.
27 October 2000 - The first resident crew of the ISS is
to go". After years of training and delays, they launch from
Baikonur this Tuesday! NASA reports:
Waits for Expedition 1
With the arrival of the International Space Station's first resident crew scheduled for next week,
U.S. and Russian flight controllers are preparing the station for its new
inhabitants. Sunday, flight controllers will conduct a dress rehearsal of
the docking. Nov. 2, the Soyuz spacecraft carrying the three-member
Expedition 1 crew will dock with the International Space Station's Zvezda
Service Module at 3:20 a.m. CST (9:20 GMT). Currently, the port that the
crew will dock to is occupied by a Progress cargo ship. Flight controllers
will transfer fuel from the Progress to the station before it is undocked
from the station on Nov. 1. Expedition 1 is slated to launch from
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan,
at 1:53 a.m. CST (7:53 GMT) Oct. 31. NASA TV will have
live coverage of the launch beginning at 1 a.m. CST (7:00 GMT).
News From Space is starting
coverage of Shuttle
mission STS-97! Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to launch on 30 November
2000 on a mission to the ISS
to install new solar arrays and electrical systems, as well as an IMAX 3D
camera. The STS-97 Mission Journal
makes its debut tonight.
To keep going back in the timeline, check our Space News Archive for October 2000,
September 2000, August 2000, July 2000, June 2000, Apr - May 2000, Jan - Feb 2000,
Oct - Dec 1999,
NASA has ISS
Status Reports archived from 2000,