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VC-3 Photoarchive

05/05/2002 Korolev, Moscow Region.
The crew of the third Russian visiting mission to the International Space Station (ISS) - a Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko (the Soyuz spacecraft commander, instructor, test cosmonaut of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center), an Italian citizen Roberto Vittori (flight engineer, ESA astronaut), and a citizen of the Republic of South Africa Mark Shuttleworth (space flight participant) - has returned to Earth in the descent vehicle of the Soyuz TM-33 spacecraft after completing a 10-day mission program.
Photo-report from the landing site

04/27/2002 Korolev, Moscow Region.
Being launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on 25 April 2002, the Russian Soyuz TM-34 manned transport spacecraft docked to the International Space Station (ISS).
At 11:55:51 Moscow summer time (7:55:51 UTC) the spacecraft docking assembly came into contact with the port of the ISS Functional Cargo Block Zarya.
Photo-report

04/25/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
At the launch pad prior to boarding the spacecraft. A few minutes later the express elevator will deliver the cosmonauts to the boarding hatch of Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft.
Photo-report from the launch site
Photo-report from the Cosmonauts Preparation Room

04/24/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
At 8:00 a.m. Moscow time a meeting of the State Board for the launch of the third Russian visiting crew to the ISS took place in a special hall of Cosmonaut Hotel. The State Board approved the Soyuz TM-34 prime crew consisting of Yuri Gidzenko, Commander, flight cosmonaut of RF, Roberto Vittori, Flight Engineer, ESA astronaut of Italian nationality, and Mark Shuttleworth, space flight participant, citizen of the South Africa. The backup crew consisting of Gennagy Padalka, Commander, flight cosmonaut of RF, Oleg Kononenko, Flight Engineer, test-cosmonaut of RSC Energia. The State Board confirmed the scheduled launch date and time, i.e. April 25, 2000 at 10:26:33 Moscow summer time (06:26:33 UTC).
Photo-report

04/23/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
At 5:00 a.m. Moscow time launch vehicle with the Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft was transferred from Assembly and Testing Facility to launch site. The Soyuz-U - Soyuz TM system was erected on the launcher.
Photo-report

04/22/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
Preparation of the Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft for launch to the International Space Station with the third Russian visiting crew (VC-3) is in good progress.
In the LV processing facility, the orbital module was integrated with the launch vehicle.
Photo-report
At 15 hours Moscow time, a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission and the Technical Management was held where a decision was made to roll out the launch vehicle carrying Soyuz TM-34 to the launch pad.
Photo-report

04/21/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
The third visiting crew inspected Soyuz TM-34 in its launch configuration in the processing facility.
Photo-report
Orbital module of the Soyuz U launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft was transported from the spacecraft processing facility to the launch vehicle processing facility for integration.
Photo-report

04/19/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
The third Russian visiting crews to the ISS consisting of Yu. Gidzenko, R. Vittori and M. Shuttleworth (prime crew) and G. Padalka, O. Kononenko (backup crew) arrived to the launch site to immediate training for the flight to the ISS scheduled on April 25.
Photo-report

04/18/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
Designers inspection of the Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft was completed.
Photo-report
Payload shroud roll on to the Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft was completed.
Photo-report

04/17/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft was docked with the transfer compartment.
Photo-report from the Assembly and Testing Facility

04/16/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
Soyuz TM-34 filling was completed and it was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
Photo-report from the Assembly and Testing Facility

04/14/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
A Technical management meeting was held which made a decision to proceed with Soyuz TM-34 filling.
Photo-report from the Cosmonauts Preparation Room
Photo-report from the Assembly and Testing Facility

04/13/2002 Baikonur cosmodrome.
The third Russian visiting crews to the ISS consisting of Yu. Gidzenko, R. Vittori and M. Shuttleworth (prime crew) and G. Padalka, O. Kononenko (backup crew) arrived to Krainii airport at Baikonur.
The Soyuz TM-34 spacecraft is scheduled to be launched on April 25, 2002.
photo-report

02/04/2002 Korolev, Moscow area.
S.P.Korolev RSC Energia hosted training sessions for Russian cosmonauts included in the main and back-up crews, and ESA astronaut, citizen of Italy R.Vittori.
Photo-report

ISS Crew


OVCHININ Alexey OVCHININ
Alexey



HAGUE  Nick HAGUE
Nick



KOCH  Christina  KOCH
Christina



SKVORTSOV Alexandr SKVORTSOV
Alexandr



PARMITANO Luka PARMITANO
Luka



MORGAN   Andrew MORGAN
Andrew