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Soyuz TMA-2
(Expedition 7)

soyuzTMA2

Crew:
    Upload:
        Yuri Malenchenko [3], Commander
        Edward Lu [3], Flight Engineer (USA)
    Download:
        Yuri Malenchenko
        Edward Lu
        Pedro Duque (Soyuz TMA-3)

Backup Crew:
    Aleksandr Kaleri
    Colin Foale (USA)

Launch:
    Location: Baikonur
    Date: 26 April 2003
    Time: 03:53:52 UTC

Landing:
    Date: 28 October 2003
    Time: 02:40:20 UTC
    Location: 49° 55' N, 66° 57' E

Docking:
    Zarya nadir, 28 April 2003 05:56 UTC - 27 October 2003 23:17 UTC

Duration: 184 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes, 28 seconds

Call Sign: Agat (Agate)

Soyuz TMA-2 is the replacement for Soyuz TMA-1. The Soyuz is used as a lifeboat for the ISS. Because of fuel degradation, the Soyuz needs to be replaced every six months. Originally, the upload crew was to have returned in Soyuz TMA-1 after a several day stay aboard the ISS. Due to the destruction of the shuttle Columbia on 1 February 2003 and the grounding of the shuttle fleet, Soyuz TMA-2 became the vehicle to both upload and download the Expedition 7 crew.

The problems which occurred with the Soyuz TMA-1 landed were resolved and this landing was uneventful.

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