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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
EXPEDITION FOUR (ISS-4)
THIRD RUSSIAN VISITING CREW

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April 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).

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The talk of the State Board members and Technical Management with the prime and backup VC-3 crews.

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Memory shot

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