Latest Expedition 11 Stories

2005-07-19 11:55:00

MOSCOW (AP) -- The crew of the International Space Station moved a Russian spacecraft from one part of the orbiting complex to another Tuesday in a maneuver designed to make space walks easier, a Russian official said. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev and U.S. astronaut John Phillips undocked the Soyuz TMA-6, which had brought them to the station in April, from the Pirs docking module, said spokeswoman Vera Medvedkova. About 25 minutes later, the two re-docked the capsule with the Zarya...

2005-06-19 08:58:19

MOSCOW -- A Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the international space station early Sunday in a manually controlled maneuver after a communications problem switched off the autopilot system, Russian Mission Control said. The unmanned Progress M-53 spacecraft, which took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, was delivering supplies and equipment for its U.S. and Russian crew. Russian Soyuz crew capsules and Progress cargo ships have been the only link to the...

2005-04-27 18:26:46

MOSCOW (AP) -- A German will become the first European Space Agency astronaut to spend a full six-month stint on the international space station, the Russian Space Agency said Wednesday. Thomas Reiter, 46, will participate in Expedition 11 in July and complete his mission to the orbiting space station when Expedition 12 is on board, the agency said in statement. Anatoly Perminov, the head of the Russian Space Agency, signed a contract with ESA making Reiter part of the main crew. He will...

2005-04-24 21:54:52

NASA -- After traveling more than 78 million miles aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 10 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov returned to Earth today. With them was European Space Agency Astronaut Roberto Vittori, who had spent eight days aboard the orbiting complex doing research. After a flawless descent by the ISS Soyuz 9 spacecraft, Chiao, Sharipov and Vittori landed on target in north-central Kazakhstan, about 53 miles...

2005-03-30 07:10:00

STAR CITY, Russia (AP) -- The next crew members of the International Space Station said Tuesday they were proud of their mission, which involves the U.S. space shuttle's return to flight. The Discovery space shuttle is set to be launched and dock at the station in mid-May in the first mission since shuttle Columbia burned up on re-entry in February 2003, killing seven people. Since then, Russian spacecraft have been the only link to the international space station. Russian cosmonaut Sergei...

2004-12-11 11:06:42

ESA -- Roberto Vittori will be the next ESA astronaut to fly to the International Space Station, on the 10-day Italian Soyuz mission, scheduled to be launched on 15 April next year from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The mission is called ENEIDE and takes its name from the epic tale written by the Latin poet Virgil in the 1st century BC. This story tells of the journey of Aeneas from Troy to Italy and the foundation of Rome. Vittori is a member of ESA's European Astronaut Corps...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.