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Settling in for a Four Month Stay
News story originally written on August 20, 2001

The shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) today and is headed for home. The shuttle is acting as a taxi home to Earth for the Expedition 2 crew which had been living on the ISS since March. The Expedition 2 crew was relieved from duty by the 3 members of Expedition 3.

The Expedition 3 crew has only been in space for about 10 days (including time on the shuttle). They will spend the next four months aboard the ISS. The Expedition 4 crew isn't scheduled to take its place onboard the ISS until late this year. The Expedition 3 crew will be doing a lot of science experiments during its time on the ISS.

Discovery's crewmembers and the returning Expedition 2 crew, are scheduled to land back on Earth on August 22, 2001. Until then, the shuttle and the ISS are circling the Earth every 90 minutes about of 246 miles above the Earth.

Last modified August 20, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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