Expedition 7


Expedition 7

ISS Expedition
Name = Expedition 7
Insignia = Expedition 7 insignia (iss patch).png CallSign = Expedition 7
NumberOfCrew = 2
LaunchDate = April 26, 2003 03:53:52 UTC
LaunchSite = 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
LandingDate = October 28, 2003 02:40:20 UTC
LandingSite = near Arkalyk
LandingVehicle = Soyuz TMA-2
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.)
previous = Expedition 6
next = Expedition 8

Expedition 7 was the seventh expedition to the International Space Station.

Crew

*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.

Mission parameters

*Perigee: 384 km
*Apogee: 396 km
*Inclination: 51.6°
*Period: 92 min
*Docked: April 28, 2003 - 05:56:20 UTC
*Undocked: October 27, 2003 - 22:17:09 UTC
*Time Docked: 182 days, 16 h, 20 min, 49 s----


Mission objectives

The seventh crew of the International Space Station lifted off in Soyuz TMA-2 from 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 2003 and took over command of the ISS. The Expedition Seven crew -- along with European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque -- landed back on Earth on October 27 2003 at 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 15 of the successful launch of the Long March rocket carrying the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft 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-106 shuttle mission and did a spacewalk together during that flight.


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