The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has set a date for launching the Soyuz TMA-5, which is to deliver a new crew to the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-5 is poised to start from the Kazakhstani &to=http://english.pravda.ru/society/2002/01/14/25537.html' target=_blank>cosmodrome Baikonur on October 14, 2004, the press department of Roscosmos reported. Earlier the launch of the Soyuz TMA-5 was scheduled for October 9 and then rescheduled for October 11 due to a technical malfunction in the docking system.
The tenth ISS crew will conduct two spacewalks during a 196-day mission. The crew will consist of U.S. astronaut Leroy Chiao (the captain of the crew) and Russian cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Shargin will spend 9 days on the ISS and then return to Earth with the ninth &to=http://english.pravda.ru/fun/2001/09/03/14042.html' target=_blank>ISS crew.
After a trip to Russia, Polish writer Maya Wolny concluded that the West did not even have a close idea of how things really were in the Russian Federation.