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Cosmonauts at the Grave of Gagarin

Paying Respects
As is customary in Russia before flight, the crew visited the grave of Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut and the first human to fly in space.

Flight 2R Illustration

Don't forget your hardhats!
Before completion in 2003, more than 100 components launched on about 46 space flights - using three different types of rockets - will have been bolted, latched, wired, plumbed and fastened the station together. Lunch breaks included.

Expedition One Crew Patch

Crew Patch
The first International Space Station crew patch is a simplified graphic of the station complex when fully completed with the last names of the Expedition 1 crew.

The Expedition One Crew
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A Salute to Mir
The world has benefited greatly from Russia's pioneering experience with the Mir space station. Many Shuttle-Mir dockings have provided further insight and teamwork necessary for the station's success. It's fitting that the first crew is comprised of two cosmonauts and one astronaut. Sean Fuller, Houston Support Group Expedition 1 Lead, assisted with their training for the past two years in Russia and will facilitate crew communication with two control centers in Houston and outside Moscow.Expedition One Crew"I think both teams bring great assets to the program. This particular crew has each had quite a bit of experience in their various programs," said Fuller. They've been trained for all their mission tasks and are familiar with those of the three shuttle visits (so they can assist if necessary and follow-up once visiting crews leave). For all the years of planning and testing, there will still be surprises. "I believe the first several missions on the station are going to face more unknown than others," said Krikalev.

Three Men, One Crew
The crew is honored to be the first residents. As Krikalev said, we do "not represent only our hometown or even our countries in space, it's more like an international adventure." After five years of training, they have become friends and co-workers. They've lived and worked in each other's cities, been exposed to different cultures and languages and met one another's family and friends.Expedition One Crew Training And they've come to appreciate and understand that, while countries approach and solve problems differently, each has the same goal--success. They've even created their own language: Runglish. "When we are short of words in one language we can use the other," according to Krikalev.

Visitors Welcome
Life in a remote, closed-in space is challenging. "I think living on station is much more like being on a ship, or maybe a submarine, than flying in an airplane," said Shepherd. During training, "each of us has kept in mind the kind of model on how we're going to operate," said Gidzenko. Eventually, they'll establish a routine. There will be full days of work (where they're on-call 24/7) and the chance "to meet close to the end of the day, usually floating around the table and during dinner time." Exercise is a serious requirement. "Everybody's got two hours each day to run on the treadmill because when you're weightless the effects Bill Shepard working outon your body can be pretty negative," according to Shepherd. It's also important to "find time for R&R;, for rest, to get away from all of this. It could be just looking out the window, reading a bit, chatting with each other," added Gidzenko. Keeping in touch via email with family and friends helps. So do visitors. "We will be looking forward to our compatriots from Earth who will bring us things from our people who are dear to us."

Explorers by Nature "Earth is sort of the cradle for mankind," Gidzenko said. And, as curious creatures, we have a great need to leave what we know to explore what we don't. Expedition One has not only opened the "door" to the station for themselves, but for all of us back here on Earth. It's the ride of the planet.

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 06/23/2003
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