Spacemen plan short Soyuz ride

July 16, 2005

The residents of the International Space Station are planning a short ride in their Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips will leave the space station at 6:35 a.m. EDT, Tuesday. They will undock the Soyuz capsule from the Pirs Docking Compartment and fly a few feet to re-dock on the Zarya Module.

The re-docking will allow the crew to use the Pirs for a scheduled spacewalk in August. Krikalev and Phillips are in the third month of a planned six-month mission. NASA TV will carry the trip live, starting at 6 a.m. EDT, Tuesday.

On Aug. 16, Krikalev will surpass the record for most cumulative time spent in space by any person, more than 749 days on six space flights.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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