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Mark Shuttleworth. The First South African in Space. Pic courtesy First African In Space site. Who is Mark Shuttleworth. Mark is a South African who designed a secure system of transferring money via internet. He sold his invention and became a billionaire He is only 26

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mark shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth

The First South African in Space

Pic courtesy First African In Space site

Grade 7 Group 4 - April 2002

who is mark shuttleworth
Who is Mark Shuttleworth
  • Mark is a South African who designed a secure system of transferring money via internet.
  • He sold his invention and became a billionaire
  • He is only 26
  • He has always wanted to go into space

Grade 7 Group 4 - April 2002

his work in space
His work in space
  • Mark is called a space tourist, but this is not strictly correct
  • He will be carrying out scientific research while on the International Space Station
  • He will blast off on Thursday 24th April on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft

Grade 7 Group 4 - April 2002

thursday april 24
Thursday, April 24
  • Mark blasted off from the Gagarin space station near Baikonir, Kazakstan this morning at 12:26 Kazakhstan time (08:26 South African time).
  • Yuri Gidzenko and Robert Vittori are the two professional cosmonauts on the trip.
  • The launch went off without incident

Grade 7 Group 4 - April 2002

thursday 25 april 2002
Thursday, 25 April 2002
  • The cosmonauts will carry out general checks and maintenance while they find their space feet
  • On Saturday they will dock with the ISS and transfer to it

The launch from KazakstanPic courtesy of MWeb site

Grade 7 Group 4 - April 2002

friday 26 april day 2
Friday 26 April – Day 2
  • The cosmonauts are busy finalising their arrangements for docking with the ISS tomorrow
  • Mark is adjusting well to weightlessness

The Soyuz cockpit – pic courtesy of FAIS site

Grade 7 Group 4 - April 2002

saturday april 27 day 3
Saturday April 27 – Day 3
  • The Soyuz and the ISS docked successfully between 07.57 and GMT 09.20 GMT
  • Mark and his fellows joined with Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch

A picture of the ISS – courtesy FAIS site

Grade 7 Group 4 - April 2002

sunday april 28 day 4
Sunday April 28 – Day 4
  • Mark has begun his experiments
    • Embryo and stem cell growth in zero gravity with Dr Barry of Stellenbosch
    • Effect of weightlessness on the body with Karen Sharwood of UCT
    • Free living energy expenditure with Lara Keytel of UCT
    • Photographs of various earth locations

Grade 7 Group 4 - April 2002

monday april 29 day 5
Monday April 29 – Day 5
  • Mark spoke to pupils via ham radio, answering questions about life on the ISS
  • The ISS passed over East London at 19h20, but it was too overcast for us to see him

A picture of Mark courtesy FAIS site

Grade 7 Group 4 - April 2002

tuesday april 30 day 6
Tuesday April 30 – Day 6
  • Marks experiments are progressing well
  • He is taking off an hour a day to enjoy the view of Earth
  • He is exercising daily as part of his research for UCT

The launch and Mark in spaceWith permission FAIS site

Grade 7 Group 4 - April 2002