05/16/2001. Star City
An official red carpet welcome of the first Russian visiting
crew (VC-1) to the International Space Station took place.
The representatives of the state structures, Ministry of
Defense of Russia, cosmonauts, industry specialists and
people of the Star City offered warm congratulations on
Talgat Musabaev, Yuri Baturin and Dennis Tito with a successful
accomplishment of an eight-day space flight program. Among
the receiving persons were E.M. Primkov, Deputy of State
Duma, leader of OVR fraction, S.V. Stepashin, Chair of Counting
Chamber of RF, S.A. Imandosov, Adviser of the Kazakhstan
Embassy in RF, major-general and other officials, representatives
of departments and organizations.
The cosmonauts laid flowers at the monument of the first
cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
The VC-1 members shared their impressions about the mission.
They appreciated all mission preparation and support personnel
for high-professional, streamlined work that ensured the
flight program implementation and safe return to the ground.