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04/30/2004 Chkalovsky aerodrome.
This morning the Expedition 8 crew (ISS-8) consisting of Alexander Kaleri and Michael Foale, as well as flight engineer of the sixth visiting crew (VC-6) Andre Kuipers, who early morning upon completion of the flight program returned to Earth in Soyuz TMA-3 descent vehicle, arrived to Chkalovsky aerodrome near Moscow.
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Korolev, Moscow Region.
MCCThe Expedition 8 crew of the International Space Station (ISS) consisting of Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri (Soyuz TMA-3 commander, ISS-8 flight engineer, instructor-testing cosmonaut of RSC Energia), U.S. astronaut Michael Foale (Soyuz TMA-3 flight engineer, ISS-8 commander, NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andre Kuipers, Soyuz TMA-3 flight engineer, the sixth visiting crew (VC-6) flight engineer, citizen of the Netherlands returned to Earth in Soyuz TMA-3 descent vehicle (DV).
OFFICIAL PRESS-RELEASE

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.

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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09/12/2003 Korolev, Moscow Area
From September 8 through September 12 the training session was held at RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, involving Alexander Kaleri (Commander of the Soyuz TMA-3 space vehicle, Flight Engineer of the ISS-8), Michael Foale (Commander of the ISS-8, Flight Engineer-2 of the Soyuz TMA-3 space vehicle) and their backups - Valeriy Tokarev and William McArthur, as well as the European Space Agency astronauts Pedro Duque (Flight Engineer-1 of the Soyuz TMA-3 space vehicle, Spain) and his backup Andre Kuipers (Netherlands).
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