International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 1 Lapel Pin
Human space flight entered a new era when the International Space Station received its first resident crew on November 2, 2000. The three-member Expedition 1 crew successfully launched October 31, 2000 atop a Soyuz rocket on Soyuz TM-31 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Their four-month tour aboard the ISS officially ended on March 18, 2001. The Expedition 1 crew returned home to Earth on STS-102 on March 21, 2001.
An international crew of three were onboard the International Space Station for over four months. The crew consisted of Commander Bill Shepherd, a U.S. astronaut; Soyuz Commander Yuri Gidzenko, a Russian cosmonaut; and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev, a Russian cosmonaut. The crew helped with assembly tasks as new elements, including the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, were added to the orbiting outpost. They also conducted early science experiments.