- Title: RUSSIA: A U.S.-RUSSIAN SPACE CREW ARRIVES IN MOSCOW
- Date: 4th May 2003
- Summary: (U6)ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN (MAY 4, 2003) (REUTERS - ACESS ALL) 1. SV SPACECREW BOARDING A PLANE 0.07 2. SV PLANE ON TARMAC 0.10 (U6)ON BOARD A PLANE FLYING FROM ASTANA TO MOSCOW (MAY 4, 2003) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3. MCU (English) US ASTRONAUT KEN BOWERSOX SAYING: "Well, the first thing we've seen on our display is that the entry is going off the normal course. When we saw those signs our eyes got very wide. We truly expected a normal entry, completely normal, about 4 G's ." 0.25 4. MCU US SPACE OFFICIAL DRINKING TEA, ABOARD THE PLANE 0.30 5. MCU (English) US ASTRONAUT KEN BOWERSOX SAYING: "I felt good that we have accomplished our mission as a crew. I felt it was ok for us to leave and had Yuri and Ed to take their jobs. I was happy for them and a little bit envious that they get six months more on this huge, gigantic and beautiful ship, the International Space Station." 0.52 6. SV KEN BOWERSOX DRINKING TEA ABOARD THE PLANE 1.01 CHKALOVSKY AIRPORT OUTSIDE MOSCOW, RUSSIA (MAY 4, 2003) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7. LAS/SV RUSSIAN COSMONAUT NIKOLAI BUDARIN GETTING OF THE PLANE, BEING GREETED BY RUSSIAN AND US SPACE OFFICIALS/ US ASTRONAUT KEN BOWERSOX GETTING OFF THE PLANE, BEING GREETED 1.45 8. LV CROWD NEAR BUS 1.52 9. LV BUS WITH COSMONAUTS DRIVING AWAY 2.03 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 19th May 2003 13:00
- Location: ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN/ON BOARD OF THE PLANE AND CHKALOVSKY AIRPORT OUTSIDE MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVAJAD5GRRADYBAK37MPODGRDJ9
- Story Text: A U.S.-Russian crew has arrived in Moscow, finally
completing their almost six-month long space odyssey.
The astronauts and cosmonaut arrived in Moscow on
Sunday (May 4) night and were welcomed on the ground by
Russian and American space officials.
American Ken Bowersox and Russian Nikolai Budarin got off
the plane unaided.
Another U.S. astronaut, Donald Pettit, according to the
space officials, was nauseous and had injured his shoulder
during the landing. He was taken out of the plane on a
After the traditional flowers and congratulations, the
crew was taken to the Star City training centre outside the
Russian capital for further medical tests and post-flight
rehabilitation, which will last for several weeks.
The crew stranded in space by the shuttle tragedy were
found alive and well on Sunday after losing radio contact on
re-entry and landing 500 km (300 miles) off target in the
steppes of Kazakhstan.
The Americans Ken Bowersox and Donald Pettit and Russia's
Nikolai Budarin had already had to extend a three-month stay
on International Space Station to almost six after the loss of
the American space shuttle Columbia in February.
When they were finally brought back to Earth in a Russian
Soyuz module, they were out of contact and so far off target
they had to wait over two hours to be located by anxious
rescuers scouring the Central Asian steppes in planes and
The crew landed in a remote spot north of the Aral Sea,
almost 500 km short of their target -- an unusually big miss.
It was the first time U.S. astronauts had come home on
the cramped Soyuz, now the space station's only lifeline.
The three men were replaced on the station last week by a
reduced crew: Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Edward Lu.
The shuttle tragedy sparked concerns the ISS could be
mothballed while the U.S. workhorse remained grounded, with
Russia unable to carry the burden of supplying the outpost.
U.S. and Russian space officials are due to hold talks in
Moscow on Monday (May 5).
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