Volume: 04, Issue: 03 10/05/2005 
Greg Olsen during Soyuz Spacecraft training. Image courtesy Space Adventures, Ltd.
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Soyuz Spacecraft training. Image courtesy Space Adventures, Ltd.
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Expedition 11 and 12 crews, along with Spaceflight Participant Greg Olsen (center), answer questions from the media during a live interview. Credit: NASA TV
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American Businessman Arrives at International Space Station

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Expedition 12 Commander William McArthur, Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, and American businessman Gregory Olsen arrived at the International Space Station the morning of Oct. 3, 2005 after a two-day journey. Olsen will spend eight days there conducting scientific and photography experiments under a commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency. McArthur and Tokarev are beginning a six-month mission aboard the orbiting laboratory.

With Tokarev at the controls, the Soyuz automatically linked up to the Pirs Docking Compartment Oct. 3 at 1:27 a.m. EDT. After systems checks, hatches between the Soyuz and station opened at 4:36 a.m. EDT. Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips greeted their colleagues with handshakes, hugs, and the traditional offering of bread and salt.

Shortly after entering the space station, the Expedition 12 crew and Olsen had a safety briefing on emergency escape procedures. They will transfer Olsen's custom-made seat liner to the Soyuz he will use to return home. The crews will also move cargo from the newly-arrived Soyuz to the station.

While aboard the ISS, Dr. Olsen will participate in a research program prepared by the European Space Agency that will study the human body's response to the microgravity environment. The experiments are designed to study the possible cause of nausea and lower back pain, as well as the evolution of human bacterial flora.

In addition to scientific experiments, Dr. Olsen will communicate with more than 30 high school students in New Jersey and New York via HAM radio signal. Dr. Olsen will also speak to family, friends and colleagues via video tele-bridge that will be carried as a webcast, courtesy of Space.com® and Sensors Unlimited, Inc. Visit www.space.com or www.sensorsinc.com to learn more about these webcasts.

This week aboard the Station, Expedition 12 crew members McArthur and Tokarev will familiarize themselves with station systems and stowed equipment, conduct robotics training with the Canadarm2 robot arm, and receive detailed briefings about scientific payloads.

Expedition 11 crew members Krikalev and Phillips have spent 169 days on the station since they arrived in April. They, along with Olsen, will return to Earth at 9:08 p.m. EDT on Oct. 10 in the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station's Zarya module.

For information about the International Space Station online, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station . To learn more about Olsen’s visit to the Station, go to http://www.spaceadventures.com .

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