Soyuz TMA-1 Spaceship Lands With Russian and American Crew
by Eduard Puzyryov, RIA Novosti
spotters carry a stretcher holding astronaut Donald Pettit
to a search-and-rescue helicopter at the landing site of
a capsule near the village of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan some 500
km (312 miles) from the Kazakh capital Astana, Sunday, May
4, 2003. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft safely delivered a three-man,
U.S.-Russian crew to Earth on Sunday in the first landing
following the Columbia space shuttle disaster, but ended
up hundreds of kilometers (miles) short of its target and
way out of reach of search-and-rescue helicopters.
Mikhail Grachyev, Pool / AP
CENTER (Korolyov, Moscow Region)–The spacemen of the long-time
expedition returning from the international space station have
landed north of the Aral Sea, 500 km away from the pre-set place
of landing, the mission control center reports.
It was pointed out at the center that the An-12
aircraft, which had spotted them, could not land at the place
of spaceship’s landing. So, helicopters with a team of rescuers
and doctors on board flew to them. They are expected to arrive
at the place of the spaceship’s landing at 10:18 a.m. Moscow time.
According to the information received from the
rescue team, the cosmonauts feel well.
Two helicopters with rescuers and doctors have
arrived at the place where the Soyuz TMA-1 spaceships landed Sunday
in Kazakhstan. The spaceship had carried back to the Earth the
crew of the 6th long-term expedition from the international space
station – Russian cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin and U.S. astronauts
Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox. The news was told to a RIA
Novosti correspondent by Sergei Puzanov, a representative of the
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Agency /NASA/ for relations
with the media at the Russian Mission Control Center.
NASA chief Sean O’Keefe, who arrived in Moscow
today, is in the Russian Mission Control Center and watches the
landing and carrying of the ISS crew from Kazakhstan. For the
time being, the NASA chief does not communicate with reporters,
nor does he comment on the complexities involved in the spaceship’s
landing. The crew of the 6th expedition of the international space
station landed in the Soyuz TMA-1 spaceship north of the Aral
Sea, 500 km away from the site originally set.
The space crew members did not wait for the arrival
of the rescuers, who came four hours late, they opened the hatches
of the spaceship and themselves came out of it. "At present
they are waiting for the arrival of the third helicopter with
a team of medicos from the Baikonur space center. The physicians
will conduct a complete examination of their health," Puzanov
said. "U.S. astronaut Michael Foale will arrive with the
As the spaceship landed not far from Baikonur,
it has been decided to take the crew not to Astana, capital of
Kazakhstan, but to the space center. From there they will be taken
to the Chkalovsky airdrome near Moscow and then to the Star City.
It is planned to take the crew there today.
The Caspas satellite navigational system was used
in the search for the landed Soyuz TMA-1 spaceship, the Russian
Federal Service for Search and Rescue of Spaceships and Space