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*International Space Station Status Report #05-48*
*4 a.m. CDT, Monday, Oct. 3, 2005*
*Expedition 11 Crew*

New residents arrived at the international space station this morning to 
begin a six-month mission that will carry them through the new year into 
next spring.

With Expedition 12 Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Valery Tokarev at 
the controls, the Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft automatically linked up to the 
Pirs Docking Compartment at 12:27 a.m. CDT as the Soyuz and the station 
flew over eastern Asia. Within minutes, hooks and latches between the 
two vehicles joined together to form a hard mate.

Aboard the Soyuz with Tokarev were NASA Expedition 12 Commander and 
Science Officer Bill McArthur and U.S. Spaceflight Participant Gregory 
Olsen, who will spend eight days on the complex under a commercial 
agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency.

After two orbits worth of systems checks, hatches between the Soyuz and 
the station were opened at 3:36 a.m. CDT. Expedition 11 Commander Sergei 
Krikalev and NASA Flight Engineer and Science Officer John Phillips 
greeted their colleagues with handshakes and hugs and the traditional 
offering of bread and salt. The first activity scheduled for the five 
crewmembers was a safety briefing to familiarize the newly arrived trio 
with emergency escape procedures. For Krikalev and Phillips, today 
marked their 171st day in space and their 169th day on the station since 
they arrived in April.

McArthur and Tokarev will remain on board the station until April 2006. 
Olsen will return to Earth next week after eight days of scientific and 
photography experiments with Krikalev and Phillips in the Soyuz TMA-6 
spacecraft that is docked to the Zarya module. The new crew launched 
Saturday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for its two-day 
journey to the outpost.

McArthur and Tokarev are scheduled to relocate the new Soyuz from Pirs 
to Zarya on Nov. 18.

Among the NASA officials on hand for the docking activities at the 
Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow were William Gerstenmaier, 
NASA’s associate administrator for space operations, and Bob Cabana, the 
deputy director of the Johnson Space Center.

Later today, before beginning an extended sleep period, the new 
crewmembers will transfer Olsen’s custom-made Soyuz seatliner to the 
older Soyuz he will ride home in as well as cargo carried aloft on the 
new Soyuz for the complex. In addition, initial briefings on the 
handover from the current residents to their replacements will be 
conducted and the new Soyuz’ systems will be deactivated.

Over the next week, McArthur and Tokarev will familiarize themselves 
with station systems and stowed equipment, conduct robotics training 
with the Canadarm2 robot arm, and receive detailed briefings on 
scientific payloads.

Information on the crew's activities aboard the space station, future 
launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on 
the Earth, is available on the Internet at:


The next ISS status report will be issued on Thursday, Oct. 6, or 
earlier if events warrant.
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