- Expedition 7
Name = Expedition 7
Insignia = Expedition 7 insignia (iss patch).png
CallSign = Expedition 7
NumberOfCrew = 2
April 26, 200303:53:52 UTC
Baikonur Cosmodrome| LaunchVehicle = Soyuz TMA-2
Apogee = 396 km
Perigee = 384 km
OrbitalPeriod = 92 min
Inclination = 51.6 deg
StationVisitLength = 182 days 16:20:49
StationEVALength = 0 h 0 min
October 28, 200302:40:20 UTC
LandingSite = near
Duration = 184 days 22:46:28
Orbits = 2,895
Distance = ~123,133,253 km
Mass = 187,016 kg
CrewPhoto = ISS Expedition 7 crew.jpg
CrewCaption = L-R:
Yuri Malenchenko(Russia) and Ed Lu(U.S.A.)
Expedition 7 was the seventh expedition to the
International Space Station.
Yuri Malenchenko(3), Commander - flagicon|RUS RSA
Ed Lu(3), Flight Engineer - flagicon|USA NASA
(1) number of spaceflights each crew member has completed, including this mission.
Perigee: 384 km
Apogee: 396 km
*Period: 92 min
April 28, 2003- 05:56:20 UTC
October 27, 2003- 22:17:09 UTC
*Time Docked: 182 days, 16 h, 20 min, 49 s----
The seventh crew of the International Space Station lifted off in
Soyuz TMA-2from the Russian Space Agency's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 25 2003, at 10:54 p.m. CDT. The Soyuz docked on April 28 2003and took over command of the ISS. The Expedition Seven crew -- along with European Space AgencyAstronaut Pedro Duque-- landed back on Earth on October 27 2003at Kazakhstan at 9:41 p.m. EST, after undocking from the International Space Station in their Soyuz spacecraft at 6:17 p.m. EST.
From Houston, ISS Spacecraft Communicator Mike Fossum informed Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Science Officer Edward Lu on Wednesday,
October 15of the successful launch of the Long March rocketcarrying the Shenzhou 5spacecraft and Chinese astronaut Yáng Lìwěi. "It's really some exciting news to share. The world's spacefaring nations have been joined by a new member tonight: China."
"First off, we want to congratulate them," Lu replied. "The more people that go into space, the better off we all are. This is a great achievement and good for everyone in the long run."
In Chinese, he later added, "Welcome to space. Have a safe journey."
"I would also like to say I love to have somebody else in space instead of me and Ed," said Malenchenko. "I also know this is great for thousands and thousands of people from China. I congratulate all of them."
Malenchenko and Lu were previously crewmates on the
STS-106shuttle mission and did a spacewalk together during that flight.
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