Expedition 8 (ISS-8)

MAIN TASKS OF THE EXPEDITION

  • Launch of ISS-8 crew and ESA's Spanish astronaut, operating under the visiting crew program (VC-5), aboard Soyuz TMA-3 transport manned spacecraft of 7S mission;
  • Soyuz TMA-3 docking to Service Module with its subsequent redocking to Functional Cargo Block;
  • Handling operations to undock the Soyuz TMA-2, Progress M-48 spacecrafts;
  • Handling operations to dock the Progress M1-11 and Soyuz TMA-4 spacecrafts;
  • Unloading of the Soyuz TMA-3, Progress M1-11 and Soyuz TMA-4 spacecrafts;
  • Support of the station serviceability;
  • Conduct of extravehicular activity - the first egress from Pirs CO1 docking compartment on the ISS RS;
  • Performance of the scientific and applied research and experiments program, as well as contract-based commercial activities;
  • Performance of the program of experiments under the SSM Servantes Project during the VC-5 period;
  • Shift handover to ISS-9 expedition and return of ISS-8 crew and ESA's Dutch astronaut, who worked under the visiting crew program (VC-6), aboard Soyuz TMA-3 transport manned spacecraft.

ISS Crew


Hoshide  AkihikoHoshide
Akihiko



leg Novitskiy Novitskiy
leg



Petr Dubrov Dubrov
Petr



Mark Vande Hei Vande Hei
Mark



Robert Shane KIMBROUGH KIMBROUGH
Robert Shane



Megan McArthur McArthur
Megan



Thomas PESQUETPESQUET
Thomas