Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko Signed Photo (1) International Space Station ISS 2000-2002

Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko Signed Photo (1) International Space Station ISS 2000-2002

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International Space Station (ISS), Expedition-1 high quality photo on Kodak paper of ISS 2000-2002 signed by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko.

Size 7. 5/6 x 10”. Small light bend on the low left corner, otherwise the photo is in excellent condition.

 

 

From November 2000 to March 2001, cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko was part of the first permanent ISS resident crew, Expedition-1. He along with cosmonaut Sergey Kriklev and Nasa astronaut William Shepherd was launched into space on board Soyuz TM-31 spacecraft which lifted off from the Baikonour cosmodrome on October 31, 2000.

Yuri Gidzenko served as the Soyuz commander. After two days of solo flight, on November 2, the Soyuz spacecraft docked with Zvezda Service Module. Gidzenko joined the Expedition 1 crew as a flight engineer. The crew were on board the ISS for over four months. They helped with assembly tasks as new elements, including the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, were added to the orbiting outpost. In their first weeks on board, Gidzenko, Shepherd and Krikalev activated critical life support systems and unpacked Station components, clothing, laptop computers, office equipment, cables and electrical gear left behind for them by previous Shuttle crews which conducted logistic supply flights to the new complex over the past two years.

Expedition 1 crew hosted three visiting Shuttle crews, STS-97, STS-98, STS-102. The crew unloaded two unmanned Russian Progress resupply vehicles.

On March 2001, Expedition 1 crewmembers returned to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle discovery at the completion of the STS-102. Discovery landed at the Kennedy Space Center's Runway 15, on March 21. On board Soyuz/shuttle and ISS, Gidzenko logged 140 days in space.

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