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2009-07-17 07:39:36

A NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut and the founder of Cirque du Soleil will hold a news conference at 8 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 23 to discuss their upcoming flight to the International Space Station. Jeff Williams, Maxim Suraev and spaceflight participant Guy Lalibert© of Canada are scheduled to launch on a Soyuz spacecraft Sept. 30 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They will arrive two days later and join the Expedition 20 crew Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA astronaut Mike...

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2009-06-03 15:54:46

Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne called in from space on Wednesday, urging Europeans to head to the polls for this week's EU elections. "Hi, I'm Frank De Winne: a European citizen and an astronaut from the European Space Agency and I'm in space right now. Europe looks united and great from up here!" he said in a message relayed by the European institutions. De Winne said he was voting by proxy since he will still be in space during the election. "I have arranged to vote by proxy, so I won't...

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2009-05-29 09:40:00

A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts successfully docked with the International Space Station on Friday. Russian astronaut Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne of Belgium, and Canadian Robert Thirsk will meet with the current ISS crew of Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, NASA astronaut Michael Barratt and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata. "The space capsule docked with the ISS at 4:34 pm Moscow time (1234 GMT)," said Russian mission control spokesman Valery Lyndin. "The docking was...

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2009-05-29 06:35:00

NASA has signed a $306 million modification to the current International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation and related services in 2012 and 2013. The firm-fixed price modification covers comprehensive Soyuz support, including all necessary training and preparation for launch, crew rescue, and landing of a long-duration mission for six individual station crew members. Space station crew members will launch on four Soyuz vehicles: two in spring...

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2009-05-27 09:37:06

A Soyuz spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday, en route to an historic linkup with the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft's docking will mark the first time the space station will have a six-member crew, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the European Space Agency said. Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk and ESA astronaut Frank De Winne will join the three ISS crewmembers...

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2009-05-27 06:40:00

Flight Engineers Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne and Robert Thirsk of the 20th International Space Station crew launched in their Soyuz TMA-15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:34 a.m. EDT Wednesday to begin a six-month stay in space. Expedition 20 will mark the start of six-person crew operations aboard the International Space Station. All five of the international partner agencies "“ NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the Japan Aerospace Exploration...

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2009-05-26 08:35:00

Three astronauts are preparing for a journey to the recently expanded International Space Station on Wednesday. The crew, consisting of Belgian Frank de Winne, Canadian Robert Thirsk and Russian Roman Romanenko will launch aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket at 5:34 am (1034 GMT) from Baikonur cosmodrome on the Kazakh steppe in Russia. The three astronauts will double the ISS crew to six members after a decade of installations to expand the orbiting outpost's facilities. Upgrades include the...

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2009-05-13 13:20:03

Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday that the country will charge U.S. astronauts $51 million per return trip to the International Space Station (ISS) from 2012 and will resume selling seats to space tourists, Reuters reported. Much like NASA's own shuttle fleet, Russia's Soyuz capsule will soon be retired after nearly 3 decades in service. However, a replacement for its space shuttle is not due until at least 2014. Interfax quoted Anatoly Perminov head of Russian space agency...

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2009-05-07 10:53:33

European astronaut Frank De Winne is preparing for a trip to the International Space Station that will result in him becoming the first European commander to take charge of a crew aboard the orbiting outpost. De Winne will travel from Russia's cosmonaut training facility near Moscow to Kazakhstan, where he will board a Soyuz craft along with crewmates Roman Romanenko of Russia and Robert Thirsk of Canada. De Winne and his crewmembers will meet commander Gennady Padalka, NASA astronaut Michael...

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2009-03-03 14:20:12

The International Space Station Program has announced a change in how two future crew members will return home. NASA astronaut Nicole Stott and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk will swap seats on the space shuttle and Russian Soyuz spacecraft to help ensure a timely homecoming for Thirsk. Thirsk will launch to the station on a Soyuz in May and return to Earth on that same vehicle in November, instead of aboard space shuttle Atlantis at the end of the STS-129 mission. Stott, who...


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