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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS007 (2002)

ARLS007 All-ham, all-male crew settles in onboard space station

QST de W1AW  
Space Bulletin 007  ARLS007
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  December 3, 2002
To all radio amateurs

ARLS007 All-ham, all-male crew settles in onboard space station

One all-ham crew has replaced another onboard the International
Space Station. The new crew is entirely male. The crew change also
marks the first time since Expedition 3 that a US astronaut will be
in charge of the ISS crew. The Expedition 6 crew of Commander Ken
Bowersox, KD5JBP, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin, RV3FB and NASA
ISS Science Officer Don Pettit, KD5MDT, lifted off November 23 on a
four-month scientific mission.

The Expedition 6 team is the third all-ham crew to serve aboard the
ISS. The team replaces the all-amateur Expedition 5 crew of
Commander Valery Korzun, RK3FZ; Sergei Treschev, RK3FU and Peggy
Whitson, KC5ZTD. Whitson, Korzun and Treschev have been in space
since June 5. They're expected back on Earth December 4. A final
farewell and formal change-of-command ceremony between the crews
took place this week before the hatches between the ISS and the
shuttle Endeavour were closed and latched.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school
contacts will remain on hold for approximately the next three weeks
as the crew settles in and takes care of its initial duties.

NASA says the Expedition 6 crew members will work with a total of 20
continuing and new experiments in the US Density Laboratory. Also,
Bowersox and Budarin are scheduled to perform a six-and-a-half-hour
spacewalk this month.


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