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2005-10-11 07:30:00

By Shamil Zhumatov NEAR ARKALYK, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - A Russian cosmonaut, a U.S. astronaut and an overjoyed American space tourist returned safely to Earth on Tuesday when their Soyuz capsule bumped down in a near-perfect landing in Kazakhstan. Footage beamed to Moscow mission control from the Kazakh steppe showed the recovery team opening the hatches of the spaceship and tugging the three men in their white spacesuits back onto firm land. Millionaire scientist and entrepreneur Gregory...

2005-10-10 23:31:40

By Shamil Zhumatov NEAR ARKALYK, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - A Russian cosmonaut, a U.S. astronaut and an overjoyed American space tourist returned safely to Earth on Tuesday when their Soyuz capsule bumped down in a near-perfect landing in Kazakhstan. Footage beamed to Moscow mission control from the Kazakh steppe showed the recovery team opening the hatches of the spaceship and tugging the three men in their white spacesuits back onto firm land. Millionaire scientist and entrepreneur...

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2005-10-04 18:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A rich entrepreneur scientist who bought his own ticket to the international space station said from orbit Tuesday that the trip was worth the millions of dollars he paid, and his only fear on launch day was not going. "I'm having a great time. I mean, this is a dream come true," Gregory Olsen said at a news conference broadcast from the space station. "This is my fourth day and I'm really enjoying it," he added. "Just to look out and see the Earth from about 230 miles...

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2005-09-09 13:20:00

STAR CITY, Russia (AP) -- U.S. space tourist Gregory Olsen joined a Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut for training outside Moscow Friday in preparation for their Oct. 1 launch to the international space station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and U.S. astronaut William McArthur, who are to spend six months at the station, will be accompanied on their flight by Olsen, a scientist who is paying the Russian space agency $20 million for a...

2005-08-18 21:05:31

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The two men serving aboard the International Space Station donned Russian spacesuits and floated outside the orbital complex for a five-hour spacewalk on Thursday. The outing was the first for the crew since they arrived at the station four months ago and was cut short by an hour when they ran out of time for their final task. That work will be rescheduled for a future spacewalk. Commander Sergei Krikalev, who turns 47 next week,...

2005-08-18 16:02:40

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The two men serving aboard the International Space Station donned Russian spacesuits and floated outside the orbital complex to begin a six-hour spacewalk on Thursday. Commander Sergei Krikalev, who turns 47 next week, and flight engineer John Phillips, 54, opened the hatch in the Pirs docking compartment just after 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) to begin their first spacewalk since arriving at the station four months ago. Krikalev, a...

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2005-08-18 16:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The two men serving aboard the International Space Station donned Russian spacesuits and floated outside the orbital complex to begin a six-hour spacewalk on Thursday. Commander Sergei Krikalev, who turns 47 next week, and flight engineer John Phillips, 54, opened the hatch in the Pirs docking compartment just after 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) to begin their first spacewalk since arriving at the station four months ago. Krikalev, a Russian cosmonaut who is making his...

2005-07-06 13:20:00

MOSCOW -- Russia's space agency has signed a contract with Gregory Olsen, a spokesman said Wednesday, in a deal that would make the U.S. millionaire scientist only the third tourist to visit the international space station. Vyacheslav Davidenko, a spokesman for the Russian agency, said Olsen could fly to the orbiting station as early as October, when the next Soyuz mission is scheduled to bring supplies and a new crew to the orbiting station. Olsen, a 60-year-old scientist and founder of a...

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2005-06-15 09:34:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The star witness before the U.S. House Science Space Subcommittee was just getting warmed up on Tuesday when one question made him float to the ceiling. U.S. astronaut John Phillips, testifying live on video from the International Space Station, slowly turned heels-over-head, showing his sock-clad feet to the assembled lawmakers when Rep. Charlie Melancon asked, "Are your feet strapped down so you're not floating?" "Yes, sir, we're not strapped down," Phillips said,...

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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...


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