posted 10-03-2005 05:12 AM
The Syouz TMA-7 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station at 5.27 GMT , October 03, 2005. The russian space capsule was delivering the Expedition 12 crew William McArthur (station commander) and Valery Tokarev (ISS flight engineer) to the orbital outpost. The two crewmates will replace the Expedition 11 crew for a six month stay at the station. Soyuz TMA-7 will serve as the ISS crew rescue vehicle until March 2006. The Soyuz is now placed to the russion PIRS docking compartment. The hatches between the two spacecraft were opened at 8.36 GMT and the Expedition 11 crew members did welcome the new station crew and the third privat spaceflight participant Gregory Oslen. He and the Expedition 11 members Sergey Krikalev and John Phillips will return to earth on October 10 with Soyuz TMA-6 .
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posted 10-05-2005 10:44 AM
According to Jay Leno of the "Tonight Show", Gregory Olsen does not wish to be called a "space tourist." He prefers to be called a "spaceflight participant." Leno suggested that we should call him what he appears to be - a "bored rich guy".