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Expedition 12 Crew Begins Trip to Space Station

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2005

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Commander William McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, the 12th space station crew, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan tonight to begin a 182-day stay in space.

With them is American Greg Olsen, the third private citizen in space, flying under a contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency.

He will spend about eight days on the station.

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