Expedition 9 Photoarchive

10/24/2004 Korolev, Moscow Region.
Landing of the Soyuz TMA-4 descent vehicleFollowing a 188-day flight program the Expedition 9 crew of the International Space Station (ISS-9) consisting of the commander Gennady Padalka, Russian cosmonaut, and the flight engineer Michael Fincke, U.S. astronaut, returned to Earth in Soyuz TMA-4 descent vehicle. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Shargin, who has been working on the ISS from October 16 through October 24 under the visiting crew (VC-7) program returned to the Earth together with the ISS-9 crew.
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04/21/2004 Korolev, Moscow Region.
The Russian Soyuz TMA-4 manned transport spacecraft docked to the International Space Station (ISS) Orbital Complex.
At 09:01 Moscow time the spacecraft came into contact with the port of the ISS Functional Cargo Block Zarya, when the spacecraft and Space Station were within the Russian ground site coverage.
Following a two-day free flight in near-earth orbit and upon completion of all the required rendezvous and berthing operations in an automated mode with respect to the Space Station, Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft approached the ISS Orbital Complex.
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04/19/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Launch The fourth new modification manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-4 designed and manufactured at S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia was launched.
The Soyuz-FG Integrated Launch Vehicle carrying the manned spacecraft aboard was launched at 7 hours 19 minutes Moscow Time.
The launch purposes are the following: to deliver the 9 Expedition crew to the International Space Station; scheduled rotation of the 8th Expedition crew and the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft, which has been operating as part of the station and the rescue vehicle since October 20th, 2003; to implement the 6th Visiting Crew Program onboard the station, including space experiments and studies under the Delta Project; to solve the engineering support problems of the station Expedition crew mission.

At the first seconds of the flightAt the first seconds of the flight...
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Prior to the launchPrior to the launch...
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04/18/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz TMA-4 and ISS-9 prime and backup crewsA meeting of the State Board was held at which the Soyuz TMA-4 and ISS-9 prime and backup crews were approved, as well as a decision was made to continue the Rocket & Space Complex processing for filling and launch within the scheduled time.
The prime crew consists of: Gennady Ivanovich Padalka, Soyuz TMA Commander and ISS Expedition 9 Commander - flight cosmonaut of RF, instructor - test cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Colonel, Russian AF; Edward Michael Fincke, Soyuz TMA Flight Engineer and ISS Expedition 9 Flight Engineer - NASA Astronaut, Lieutenant Colonel USAF; Andre Kuipers, Soyuz TMA Flight Engineer-1 and ISS visiting crew Flight Engineer - ESA astronaut, the Netherlands.
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04/17/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz-FG launch vehicleAt 5:00 a.m. Moscow Time, the transporter with the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle and the Soyuz TMA-4 transport spacecraft left the Assembly and Testing Facility and arrived to the launch pad for the final pre-launch processing. The Soyuz-FG - Soyuz TMA-4 system was erected on the launcher. First launch day activities began.
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04/16/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz-FG launch vehicleOrbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft was integrated with the launch vehicle in the LV Assembly and Testing Facility.
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A meeting of the Governmental Commission and the Technical ManagementAt 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-4 to the launch pad.

04/15/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft was transported from the spacecraft processing facility to the launch vehicle processing facility for integration.
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04/14/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz TMA-4 prime and backup crews inspected the transport spacecraft in its launch configuration in the Assembly and Testing Facility.
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04/13/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The prime crew (Gannadi Padalka, Michael Fincke, Andre Kuipers) and backup crew (Salizhan Sharipov, Leroy Chiao, Gerhard Thiele) of the Soyuz TMA-4 transport spacecraft arrived to the launch site to immediate training for the flight to the ISS scheduled on April 19.
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04/12/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Designers inspection of the Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft was completed.
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Payload shroud roll on to the Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft was performed.
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04/09/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-4 propulsion system was fueled with propellant components and compressed gases.
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04/08/2004 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-4 spacecraft.
Photo-report from the Cosmonauts Preparation Room
Photo-report from the Assembly and Testing Facility

04/07/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The prime crew (Gannadi Padalka (Russia), Michael Fincke (NASA), Andre Kuipers (ESA)) and backup crew (Salizhan S. Sharipov (Russia), Leroy Chiao (NASA), Gerhard Thiele (ESA)) of the Soyuz TMA-4 transport spacecraft arrived to the cosmodrome to accomplish training and accept the spacecraft.
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03/18/2004 Korolev, Moscow region.
From March 15 to 18, S.P.Korolev RSC Energia held training sessions for Genadi Padalka (Soyuz TMA-4 Commander, ISS-9 Commander), Mickael Finke (Soyuz TMA-4 Flight Engineer, ISS-9 Flight Engineer) and their back-up crew, Salizhan Sharipov and Leroy Chiao.
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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