Karl and I left Star City at about 9h00 am, starting our journey towards Korolev. Today was D-Day for the handover of Mark's Payload, to be transported on the Progress (scheduled for the 28th of February 2002) - of course we did not know what to expect.
Upon arrival, about 10 Russian Payload Specialists greeted us, all waiting in anticipation for Mark's payload. We had a round of introductions; and then the hard discussions started.
We presented Mark's full personal payload consisting of SA sporting clothing (oh, yes, congratulations to all our sporting heroes!! What a fab weekend for SA Sports!! Bafana Bafana, you're still "Our Boys"), SA National Flags, HIV/AIDS Letters (beaded HIV/AIDS ribbons) and our very own Madiba shirt!