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10/28/2003

Korolev, Moscow region
The Primary Expedition 7 crew International Space Station - Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (ISS-7 commander, Soyuz TMA-2 commander), American astronaut Edward Lu (ISS-7 flight engineer, Soyuz TMA-2 flight engineer-1) - and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, Visiting Expedition 5 (VE-5) flight engineer, Soyuz TMA-2 flight engineer-2 Pedro Duquer of Spain have returned to Earth in the Descent Module of the Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft.
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10/20/2003

Korolev, Moscow region
The Russian Soyuz TMA-3 manned transport spacecraft has been docked to the Orbital Complex of the International Space Station (ISS). Contact of the spacecraft docking assembly with the docking port of the Piers Docking Compartment took place at 11:16 Moscow daylight saving time when the spacecraft and complex were in the radio visibility of Russian ground measuring stations.
The Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft approached the ISS Orbital Complex after two days of the autonomous flight on the near-earth orbit, completing on the final portion of this phase all necessary operations on rendezvous to the complex and final approach to it in the automatic mode.
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video-recording of the Soyuz TMA-3 docking (RealVideo)

 
 
 
10/18/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
lift-offexpedition crewThe Russian Soyuz TMA-3 manned transport spacecraft was launched. It is the third spacecraft of a new modification developed at S.P. Korolev Rocket & Space Corporation Energia on the basis of the Soyuz TM spacecraft in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between Russia and the USA.
The launch of the Souyz-FG integrated launch vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft was accomplished at 09:38:03 Moscow summer time.
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video-recording of Soyuz-FG LV lift-off (RealVideo)

Some hours before the launch...
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10/17/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
expedition and backup crewsA meeting of the State commission was held where the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft and ISS-8 expedition and backup crews were approved and also a decision was adopted to continue preparation of the Rocket and Space Complex for filling and launch at the prescribed time.
Expedition crew: spacecraft commander, ISS-8 flight engineer-pilot cosmonaut of the Russian Federation, S.P. Korolev RSC Energia instructor - test cosmonaut Aleksandr Yurievich Kaleri; ISS-8 commander, spacecraft flight engineer-2 - Dr. Colin Michael Foale, NASA astronaut; spacecraft flight enginer-1, ISS visiting crew flight engineer Pedro Duque, ESA astronaut, Spain.
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10/16/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
Soyuz-FGAt 5:00 a.m. Moscow time launch vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft was transferred from Assembly and Testing Facility to launch site. The Soyuz-FG - Soyuz TMA system was erected on the launcher. First launch day activities began.
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10/15/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft was integrated with the launch vehicle in the LV Assembly and Testing Facility.
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At 03:00 P.M. Moscow time, a meeting of the Governmental Commission and the Technical Management was held where a decision was made to roll out the launch vehicle carrying Soyuz TMA-3 to the launch pad.

 
 
 
10/14/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft was transported from the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility to the Launch vehicle Assembly and Testing Facility for integration.
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10/13/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
The Soyuz TMA-3 prime and backup crews inspected the transport spacecraft in its launch configuration in the Assembly and Testing Facility.
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10/12/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
The prime crew (M. Foale, A.Yu. Kaleri, P. Duque) and backup crew (W. McArthur, V.I. Tokarev, A. Kuipers) of the Soyuz TMA-3 transport spacecraft arrived to the launch site to immediate training for the flight to the ISS scheduled on October 18.
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10/11/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
Designers inspection of the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft was completed.
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Payload shroud roll on to the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft was performed.
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10/08/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
Soyuz TMA-3 propulsion system was fueled with propellant components and compressed gases.
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10/07/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
Members of the prime and backup crews of the Russian Soyuz transport spacecraft had training sessions and fit checks in the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft.
Photo-report from the Cosmonauts Preparation Room
Photo-report from the Assembly and Testing Facility

 
 
 
10/06/2003

Baikonur Cosmodrome
The prime crew (M. Foale, A.Yu. Kaleri, P.Duque) and backup crew (W. McArthur, V.I. Tokarev, A. Kuipers) of the Soyuz TMA-3 transport spacecraft arrived to the cosmodrome to accomplish training and accept the spacecraft.
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10/01/2003

Sea Launch Rocket and Space Complex
Another scheduled launch of Zenit-3SL launch vehicle has been made at 08:03:00 Moscow Daylight Saving Time (04:03:00 GMT) from the sea-going launch platform Odyssey of the Sea Launch space launcher system currently located in the equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean at 154 degrees West near Christmas island.
The objective of the launch was to deliver a 4.09 ton spacecraft Galaxy XIII/Horizons-1 to the target geotransfer orbit
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