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2009-04-06 08:26:38

The U.S. space agency says it will Webcast the landing of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft returning the Expedition 18 crew to Earth. The original Friday landing was postponed because of flooding in Kazakhstan and was rescheduled for Wednesday at a more southerly landing site. Expedition 18 U.S. astronaut Michael Fincke, U.S. space participant Charles Simonyi and Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov are to land at 3:15 a.m. EDT, which is 1:15 p.m. local time in Kazakhstan. Fincke and Lonchakov have...

2009-04-03 12:52:00

HOUSTON, April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will air the landing of the Expedition 18 crew and a visiting spaceflight participant on Wednesday, April 8. Russian managers on Friday postponed the Soyuz landing one day and switched to a more southerly landing site in Kazakhstan because of soggy conditions at the original site. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Expedition 18 Commander E. Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yury...

2009-04-03 09:53:48

Charles Simonyi, a 60-year-old billionaire U.S. space tourist, will return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) a day later than scheduled due to bad weather on Earth, a Russian space official said Friday.Simonyi made history by becoming the first space tourist to visit the International Space Station twice.  He will touch down in Kazakhstan on Wednesday in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, the official said."The landing has been shifted by one day to April 8 due to bad...

2009-03-28 14:30:00

The space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew landed safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, concluding a 13-day mission that spanned more than 5 million miles and 202 orbits. The landing was slightly delayed due to some cloudy and windy weather that had forced NASA's Mission Control to push back Discovery's homecoming by about 90 minutes.  But a shift in winds allowed conditions to improve enough for the crew to make the second, and final, landing opportunity for...

2009-03-28 09:40:00

Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt of the 19th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-14 to the International Space Station at 9:05 a.m. EDT Saturday. Hatches between the two spacecraft will be opened at 12:10 p.m. A welcome ceremony and a safety briefing for the new arrivals will follow. The new crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:49 a.m. EDT Thursday to begin a six-month stay in space. With Padalka and Barratt is...

2009-03-28 09:32:50

Discovery's crew of seven is preparing for a 12:39 p.m. CDT landing today at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Commander Lee Archambault, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Joseph Acaba, John Phillips, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold and returning Expedition 18 crew member Sandra Magnus were awakened this morning at 4:13 a.m. to the song "I Have a Dream" by ABBA. The song was played for Magnus. As Discovery's crew prepared for landing, the Soyuz spacecraft carrying Expedition 19...

2009-03-27 14:10:00

The two crews aboard the International Space Station will answer questions about their upcoming change of command in a news conference at 9:10 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 1. Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Barratt will arrive at the station Saturday to join Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov. Fincke and Lonchakov have been living and working aboard the station since...

2009-03-26 08:38:43

The 19th crew to live aboard the International Space Station was launched into space Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the crew -- U.S. astronaut Michael Barratt, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi -- lifted off at 7:49 a.m. EDT. NASA said the Soyuz spacecraft was to dock with the station at 9:14 a.m. EDT Saturday. Padalka will serve as commander of Expeditions 19 and 20 aboard...

2009-03-26 09:20:00

The Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft carrying two astronauts and a space tourist lifted off from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome on Thursday heading for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Michael Barratt and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka are joined by Hungarian-born space tourist Charles Simonyi. The crew will become the 19th crew to live aboard the orbiting outpost. The mission marks Simonyi's second venture into space, making him the world's first two-time space tourist. Simonyi, who...

2009-03-26 07:03:00

HOUSTON, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 19th crew to live and work aboard the International Space Station launched into orbit Thursday morning from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, aboard a Soyuz spacecraft. NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, and spaceflight participant and U.S. software engineer Charles Simonyi lifted off at 6:49 a.m. CDT. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) They are scheduled to dock with the station...

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Michael Fincke
2012-09-19 14:10:13

Michael Fincke is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut who holds the record for the most time spent in space. He was born Edward Michael Fincke on March 14, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; however, he grew up in its suburb, Emsworth. Fincke graduated from Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1985, and subsequently attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He graduated in 1989 as a double major and earned both a Bachelor...

2011-04-18 23:18:19

Gregory Chamitoff is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He was born Gregory Errol Chamitoff on August 6, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is married to Alison Chantal Caviness, M.D., and together they have two children, Natasha and Dimitri. His interests include scuba diving, backpacking, skiing, and racquetball. He graduated from Blackford High School in San Jose, California in 1980. As an undergraduate student at California Polytechnic State University, Chamitoff taught courses in...

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