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ISS transport. Soyuz capsule orbiting the Earth on its approach to the International Space Station (ISS, not seen) on 20 October 2003. The capsule is named TMA-3. It was part of the Cervantes Mission to replace the Soyuz capsule that serves as the emergency escape craft for the ISS. TMA-3 brought an ESA astronaut for a short stay and also rotated the ISS crew. The departing astronauts returned to Earth in the old Soyuz capsule, TMA-2. The Russian Soyuz craft are being used because the Columbia disaster grounded the American space shuttles. THIS PICTURE MAY NOT BE USED TO STATE OR IMPLY ESA ENDORSEMENT OF ANY COMPANY OR PRODUCT ***.
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