November 29, 2004
Space Station Crew Re-Dock Soyuz Craft Onto Cargo Module
Text of report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS
Korolev (Moscow Region), 29 November: The manned Soyuz space craft has been re-docked successfully onto the cargo module of the International Space Station after the 10th crew took it through an orbital flight, ITAR-TASS news agency was told by Valeriy Lyndin, official spokesman for Mission Control Centre outside Moscow. "At 1252 Moscow time [0952 gmt] Russian cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov manually docked the Soyuz-TM-5 to the Zarya functional cargo module," he said.
He explained that the manned Soyuz spacecraft had to be removed from the Pirs docking port ahead of extra-vehicular activity by the crew planned for the start of the new year. "The crew will be leaving the International Space Station and returning on board via Pirs; if the craft were still docked there, this could hamper the crew in the event of an unforeseen contingency," Lyndin explained.