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Message from space for Olympic athletes

28.02.2006


From one international cooperation to another, the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), American William McArthur and Russian Valery Tokarev, yesterday congratulated the Olympic athletes gathered in Turin, Italy, for the closing ceremony of the 20th Olympic Winter Games.



In a special message played to athletes and spectators gathered in the Stadio Olimpico, McArthur and Tokarev, the ISS Expedition 12 crew, applauded the accomplishments of the world’s athletes who competed in the 2006 Winter Games. “From hundreds of kilometers above the Earth, we have been watching the performances of the athletes with excitement and admiration,” said Station Commander McArthur.

The crew, who have lived on board the Station since October last year, also praised the spirit of international cooperation that brought the Games to Italy. “It is the same spirit of international cooperation that created and sustains the International Space Station,” added McArthur.


A joint project of fourteen nations on four contintents, the Space Station contruction mirrors the global nature of the Games. McArthur: “We are working together in extending humanity beyond Earth to return to the Moon and, to one day, explore Mars.”

Olympic host nation Italy, one of ten European nations represented by ESA in the ISS partnership, also has a prominent role in construction of the Station. The host city Turin is actually the birthplace of some important components of the ISS.

Elements including the shell of the European Columbus module, the ISS resupply modules - the Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules (MPLM) - carried within the Space Shuttle’s cargo bay, Nodes 2 and 3 and Cupola, the Station’s ‘window on the world’, were constructed in the Olympic city. Further Italian ISS activities include the continued provision of enginering and logistic support to MPLM operations from the Turin-based Advanced Logistical Technology Enginering Centre (ALTEC) Space Centre.

In recognition of the host nation’s role in the construction and operation of the ISS, there was a special word from Tokarev, “We would especially like to congratulate Italy for organising the Games and for its contributions to the Space Station project”.

Before signing off with an Italian “Arrivederci”, McArthur and Tokarev, who will return to Earth in just over a months time after being replaced by the next international crew, wished all involved in the Olympics the best of luck with their future endeavours.

Dieter Isakeit | alfa
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