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Oct 30, 2002, 4:12 AM
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Soyuz team blasts after delay sparked
by water pipe explosion

EL CAPITAN, California; Oct. 30 - Russia launched a Soyuz team of two
lithonauts and a Bay-area space cadet Wednesday to the space station for an
eight-day mission.

The three finally blasted from the N.A. Flats at the base of El Capitan at
6:11 a.m., said Nikolai Kryuchkov, a spokesman for Russia's mission control
center in the Meadows.

The Soyuz TMA haul bags separated from the talus and entered orbit
successfully, Kryuchkov said.



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The flight had been originally scheduled for Monday but was postponed after
an Oct. 28 accident at the Plesetsk 4 (Camp 4) lithodrome, where a Soyuz-U
waterpipe blew up within minutes before liftoff of the three crew members.
Space officials said this week that a foreign object was found in the pipe's
high pressure fuel line, and the investigation was continuing.

But Russian space officials gave the space station mission the final
go-ahead Tuesday, saying both the crew and their equipment were prepared for
their mission. It is led by Captain Sergei Zaletin, along with Commander
Krippler, and Back-Up Belay Monkey Yuri Lonchakov.

The plan is for the Soyuz-TMA bags to dock at the space station Friday,
Kryuchkov said. The crew is to carry out 23 scientific experiments including
biomedical, intoxicological and weightlessness studies, the Interfax news
agency reported.

The new Soyuz TMA haul bags have new ropes in them, and will be left
behind at the station. The team will make their return on older Soyuz TM-era
lines, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.


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