3 Taxi Flight Crew
From left to right: Flight Engineer Konstantin M. Kozeev, Soyuz
Commander Victor M. Afanasyev and Flight Engineer Claudie Haigneré.
cosmonauts and a French astronaut delivered a new Soyuz spacecraft
loaded with supplies and equipment and performed science at the
International Space Station. Soyuz Commander Victor Afanasyev made
his fourth trip into space, while Flight Engineer Konstantin Kozeev,
both cosmonauts representing Rosaviakosmos, completed his first.
Making her second flight into Earth orbit was Flight Engineer Claudie
Haigneré. Though she represented CNES, or the French Space Agency,
Haigneré flew for the European Space Agency under contract with
Rosaviakosmos. Afanasyev and Haigneré are both veterans of previous
missions to the Mir Space Station.
Expedition Three crew poses with Soyuz 3 Taxi Flight crew inside
the International Space Station.|
21, 2001, at 4 a.m. CDT (0900 GMT) the Soyuz 3 Taxi Flight crew
launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The crew arrived
at the International Space Station and docked to the Zarya Module's
Earth-facing port on October 23, 2001, at 5:44 a.m. CDT (1044 GMT).
After arriving the station and receiving safety briefings from the
Expedition Three crewmembers, both crews began eight days of joint
operations and scientific research. Haigneré led the science effort
with investigations into materials research, life sciences and meteorology.
The Soyuz 3 Taxi Flight crewmembers were the only visitors during
Expedition Three's increment. The STS-108
shuttle mission delivered the Expedition
Four crew and returned the Expedition
Three crew home.
Nearly 10 days
after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the
Taxi crewmembers undocked from the orbital outpost on October 30,
2001, at 7:39 p.m. CST (Oct. 31 at 0139 GMT). They left behind the
brand new Soyuz spacecraft they arrived in and returned to Earth
in a Soyuz TM-32 docked to the space station six months earlier.
The Soyuz 3 Taxi Flight crew de-orbited and ended its mission with
a landing on the Kazakh Steppes at 10:58 p.m. CST Oct. 30, 2001
(0458 GMT Oct. 31).