On 28 October 2002, the Belgian ESA astronaut Frank De Winne will lift off for an 11-day space mission to visit the International Space Station. This mission is called Odissea and has been sponsored by the Belgian government. The programme provides an overview of the scientific content of the mission, and of the objectives of the taxi-flight to the ISS.
The programme comprises of a 5-minute A-roll with split track and English commentary and is complemented by a B-Roll with clean international sound.
Here in the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star CIty near Moscow, Belgium ESA astronaut Frank de Winne and his Russian colleague Sergei Zaljotin are in their final weeks of preparation for the Odissea mission. On this mission, sponsored by the Belgian govenment, they will fly to the International Space Station, in newly developed Soyuz TMA spacecraft. This TMA will be used to replace the older Soyuz TM-34 that is currently attached to the station. Afterwards, the crew will use it to come back to Earth. Tha's the main objective of this so-called taxi-mission.
Because the Soyuz is the lifeboat for the resident Space Station crew, it has to remain in top condition. That's why it is changed every 6 months for a new one. The parachutes for the Soyuz landing are being checked and double-checked.
De Winne and Zalijotin had to complete a double training to be able to fly both capsules. CHanges have been made to the new Soyuz but they are confident in the Russian