Expedition One Crew Plans Soyuz Shuffle Early Saturday

Press Release From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2001

ISS The Expedition One crewmembers aboard the International Space Station plan to leave their home in orbit for a short weekend flight. The crew needs to move its Soyuz spacecraft to make room for a new supply ship.

Saturday, Feb. 24, NASA Television plans live coverage as the crew undocks the Soyuz and then redocks it at a new location to make way for an unmanned Russian Progress resupply vehicle scheduled to visit the station at the end of the month. Coverage and commentary will begin at 3 a.m. EST from the Space Station Flight Control Room at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.

With Soyuz Pilot Yuri Gidzenko at the controls, and joined by Commander Bill Shepherd and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev, the Soyuz will be undocked from the station at 5:08 a.m. EST. Gidzenko will back the Soyuz away from the aft docking port of the Zvezda Service Module and fly around the station to redock the Soyuz to the nadir, or earthward-facing, docking port of the Zarya Control Module. The relocation maneuver should take about 30 minutes to complete. Television from the Soyuz is expected for a few minutes during the redocking over Russian ground stations.

The repositioning of the Soyuz will set the stage for the docking of a Russian Progress resupply vehicle to the Zvezda's aft docking port on Feb. 28, carrying supplies for the next Expedition crew, which will be launched on Shuttle Discovery in March on STS-102. That same mission will return Shepherd, Gidzenko and Krikalev home to Earth after more than four months in space.

NASA TV can be found on GE-2, Transponder 9C, 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, 3880 MHz, with audio at 6.8 MHz.

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