Tuesday, October 31, 2000 – Noon CST
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

The Expedition 1 crew, secure in its Soyuz spacecraft, continues on course for a
rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station, inaugurating a new era in
human space flight.

Following their launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1:53 a.m. CST today, Soyuz
Commander Yuri Gidzenko, Expedition 1 Commander Bill Shepherd and Flight
Engineer Sergei Krikalev successfully deployed docking probes on the Soyuz and
checked out the spacecraft’s motion control systems. On two consecutive orbits, daily
orbits 3 and 4, phasing burns were completed to keep the Soyuz on course for its
rendezvous with the International Space Station. A third rendezvous burn is scheduled
just before 3 a.m. tomorrow to slightly raise the Soyuz orbit and slow the rate at which
it is approaching the space station.

During communications passes over Russian ground stations this morning, the crew
talked with flight controllers, providing updated information on the performance of the
Soyuz spacecraft and the crew’s activities. During their final communications pass of
the day, the trio confirmed a successful test of the external camera that provides cues
during rendezvous and docking, and reported all crew members were feeling well.
Shepherd, Gidzenko and Krikalev went to sleep about 9 a.m. CST today and will
awaken about 6:30 p.m. CST to begin the second day of what’s planned to be a
four-month stay in space.

Flight control teams in Houston have activated life support systems and air purification
units on board the space station, readying the outpost for the arrival of its first
residents early Thursday morning. In addition, the flight controllers will support
tonight’s undocking of the Progress resupply vehicle, currently docked to the same
port on the Zvezda module of the station to which the Expedition 1 crew will dock
Thursday. The Progress will undock at 10:02 p.m. CST today, and shortly after 1 a.m.
Wednesday will be commanded into a trajectory that will cause it to burn up in the
Earth’s atmosphere.

Coverage of the Expedition One crew’s voyage to the International Space Station will
continue on NASA TV and through live video streaming on the internet at The next status report will be issued about 8 p.m. today or
sooner if events warrant.


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