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ISS - Mark Shuttleworth


Tyneside, UK
2018 Jan 20
Saturday, Day 20

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Observations of Mark Shuttleworth ISS Visit

South Africa citizen Mark Shuttleworth visited the International Space Station during 2002 April/May as a passenger aboard one of the regular Soyuz Taxi Flights.

Soyuz TM-34 PatchThe purpose of the mission was to exchange a time-served Soyuz spacecraft (Soyuz TM-33) for a new one (Soyuz TM-34). Mark took the opportunity to buy himself a seat into space. He flew alongside Russian spacecraft commander Yuri Gidzenko and flight engineer Roberto Vittori of Italy who represented the European Space Agency.


Date AOS LOS Transmitter Frequency (MHz) Notes
2002 Apr 2509:2409:30Soyuz TM-34121.750Nothing heard but was above Moscow horizon towards end of transit
2002 Apr 2511:00:1011:02:48Soyuz TM-34121.750Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian, faded at my horizon
2002 Apr 2512:33:0612:35:57Soyuz TM-34121.750Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian, faded at my horizon
2002 Apr 2609:21:2409:22:45Soyuz TM-34121.750Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian, faded at my horizon
2002 Apr 2610:53:3510:55:25Soyuz TM-34121.750Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian
2002 Apr 2607:43:0807:44:55Soyuz TM-34121.750Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian, faded at my horizon
2002 Apr 2709:14:2509:23:28Soyuz TM-34121.750Transmitter on from horizon to horizon but no verbal communication - background noises audible including an onboard timer "countdown" to 09:19:00 (just before Moscow horizon)
2002 Apr 2907:28:3207:32ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian initially then Shuttleworth in general conversation from 07:30:30
2002 Apr 2909:03:0209:07:20ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian initially then Shuttleworth started "Good Morning Everyone" and answered questions from the ground about the flight
2002 Apr 2910:38:5310:43:09ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian, faded at my horizon
2002 Apr 3008:07:5608:11:45ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian initially then Shuttleworth started with "Good Morning" at 08:09:05, then asked about news of "The Golf" and discussed timings and details for experiments, Russian again from 08:10:45, lost at my horizon
2002 Apr 3009:43:3709:47:50ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian initially then Shuttleworth from 09:44:54, spoke to "Ravi" and "Gary", spoke of the world being small from space, followed by a discussion with a group of sportsmen about "inspiration"
2002 Apr 3011:20:0711:23:18ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian reading numbers
2002 May 107:11:4407:14:27ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian initially then Shuttleworth from 07:12:22, spoke to "Zoe" among others
2002 May 108:46:4008:51:26ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian initially identified as "Uran-3" but did not sound like Shuttleworth, interview then conducted from the ground with Shuttleworth in English
2002 May 111:5312:05ISS VHF-1143.625Nothing heard but was above Moscow horizon
2002 May 207:51:2807:53:00ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian initially then Vittori said "Bon Giorno"
2002 May 209:26:2209:31:14ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian, but took about 40 seconds to raise a response from the ground, lost at my horizon
2002 May 210:5711:10ISS VHF-1143.625Nothing heard but was low on Moscow horizon
2002 May 306:54:0306:58:42ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian initially then Shuttleworth from 06:55:30, spoke to "Ravi" about the quality of TV transmission and then spoke about crystallisation and physiology experiments, lost at my horizon
2002 May 308:30:5408:35:03ISS VHF-1143.625Switched on at Moscow horizon - Russian initially then Shuttleworth "Good Morning" at 08:31:40, then spoke to "Derek" and took part in an interview on technical details and spoke of the Soyuz approach to the ISS, particularly the rapid succession of short thruster firings as it lined up for the docking, lost at my horizon
2002 May 310:01:2010:10:45ISS VHF-1143.625Present at western horizon but no speech until in range of Moscow - carrier was "beating" with another signal at 10:04:40 so Doppler effect was audible, Russian voice from 10:06:59
2002 May 405:5306:04ISS VHF-1143.625Nothing heard but was above Moscow horizon
2002 May 407:2507:40ISS VHF-1143.625Nothing heard but was above Moscow horizon
2002 May 409:09:3509:12:50ISS VHF-1143.625Brief snatches of voice (Russian)
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