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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...

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...

2009-05-12 16:13:48

The U.S. space agency says it will air live TV coverage of the next Russian Soyuz mission, including launch and arrival at the International Space Station. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the coverage will begin Friday when the crew members leave Star City, Russia, en route to the launch site in Kazakhstan. On May 27, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Bob Thirsk will be aboard the Soyuz...

2009-05-07 13:51:11

Astronauts set to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) later this month said Thursday that building a new dinner table to accommodate the station's expanded six-person permanent crew would be a top priority. The three astronauts will blast off into orbit on a Russian Soyuz capsule, and will join an existing three-person team already onboard the ISS. It will be the first time the station's permanent crew consists of six astronauts. "We are now going to have six people in orbit, with...

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...

2009-05-02 07:20:00

NASA will discuss the inauguration of six-person crew operations aboard the International Space Station in a briefing scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 6, at the Johnson Space Center. The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television. Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA sites. International news media from Canada and Europe may ask questions from their respective agencies' headquarters. On May 27, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency astronaut...

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...

2009-02-06 15:50:00

In May 2009, Frank De Winne, of Belgian nationality and a member of the European Astronaut Corps, will fly to the International Space Station at the start of his six-month mission. This mission sees him become the first European commander of the Station by October 2009. ESA has now given his mission the name OasISS. During his stay on the International Space Station (ISS), De Winne will conduct scientific experiments developed by scientists from different European countries and others...

2008-11-21 12:54:57

ESA astronaut Frank De Winne is set to become the first European Commander of the International Space Station. De Winne, from Belgium, will fly to the Station in a Soyuz spacecraft in May 2009 with Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk, which will bring the total number of crew on the ISS up to six for the first time. For the first four months De Winne will be an International Space Station (ISS) Flight Engineer as a member of the Expedition 20...

2008-09-17 15:15:00

The European Space Agency is inviting primary school children to take part in a competition to design a T-shirt an ESA astronaut will wear in space. The competition is open to children from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The winning T-shirt will be worn by ESA astronaut Frank De Winne of Belgium during his mission to the...

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2012-01-13 17:47:21

Frank De Winne is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He was born Frank Viscount De Winne on April 25, 1961 in Ledeberg, Belgium. He is married to Lena Clarke and has three children from a previous marriage. He enjoys football, concerts, and gastronomy. In 1979, he graduated from the Royal School of Cadets, and in 1984, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy with a Master of Science degree in Engineering. In 1991, after graduating from the Belgian Air Component at...

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