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2008-10-09 11:04:23

Commander Edward Michael "Mike" Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Valentinovich Lonchakov of the 18th International Space Station crew are scheduled to launch in their Soyuz TMA-13 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan about 3 a.m. EDT Sunday to begin a six-month stay in space. With Fincke, an Air Force colonel, and Lonchakov, a colonel in the Russian Air Force, will be spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, flying under contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency. Garriott will...

2008-10-01 18:00:06

The U.S. space agency said it will televise the launch of the next International Space Station crew and the return of the current crew to Earth. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Expedition 18 Commander and Science Officer Mike Fincke, Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov and U.S. spaceflight participant Richard Garriott are to be launched Oct. 12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Their Soyuz TMA-13 craft is to dock with the ISS on Oct. 14. NASA...

2008-09-29 21:00:10

MOSCOW. Sept 29 (Interfax-AVN) - The European space center based in Toulouse, France, has sent the descent command to the ATV Jules Verne space freighter. "The first impulse [of the spaceship's engines] will last for seven minutes. The second time the engines will turn on for 20 minutes at 5:00 p.m.," a source at the Russian office of the European Space Agency told Interfax-AVN. Once the second impulse is given, the Jules Verne will enter the dense layers of the Earth's atmosphere and some...

2008-09-26 13:57:29

WASHINGTON - Cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are preparing to return home next month aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, while Russian engineers believe they've isolated the glitch that sent the last two landings careening off-course, mission managers said Thursday. Expedition 17 station commander Sergei Volkov and flight engineer Oleg Kononenko are due to land on Oct. 23 to end a six-month mission that included spacewalk surgery on their Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft to help...

2008-09-23 21:00:10

STAR CITY, Moscow region. Sept 23 (Interfax-AVN) - The Russian Federal Space Agency's interdepartmental commission has approved new crewmembers of the International Space Station (ISS) and the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft: cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, NASA astronaut Michael Fincke and space tourist Richard Garriott. "Lonchakov was appointed Soyuz commander and the ISS flight engineer. Fincke will be the flight engineer aboard Soyuz and will command the ISS. Garriott was approved as a participant of...

2008-07-15 18:00:10

Russian cosmonauts worked Tuesday outside the International Space Station, prepping the outpost's Russian portion for next year's arrival of a lab module. The 5 1/2-hour spacewalk for cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko was less risky than last week's venture outside the ISS, when the two removed a potentially defective explosive bolt from the latching assembly of the Russian space capsule, the Houston Chronicle reported. Tuesday's work included installing a docking target on the...

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2008-07-15 14:25:00

Two Russian astronauts aboard the International Space Station took their second spacewalk in less than a week on Tuesday. Commander Sergei Volkov and flight engineer Oleg Kononenko began a spacewalk to install one experiment and retrieve another. They installed a docking target to be used when a new Russian mini research module arrives next year. The two also rearranged some foot restraints, and installed a new science experiment to the outside of the space station and brought inside an...

2008-07-12 00:00:07

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - In a daring spacewalk, two space station astronauts cut into the insulation of their descent capsule and removed an explosive bolt that could have blown off their hands with firecracker force. Spacewalkers Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko managed, in the end, to safely disconnect the bolt from the Soyuz capsule that will be their ride home this fall. They immediately slid it into a blast- proof container. "It is in," one of the Russian...

2008-07-11 21:00:07

KOROLYOV (Moscow region). July 11 (Interfax-AVN) - Members of Expedition 17 at the International Space Station (ISS) Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko have returned to the Pirs docking compartment after spending six hours in outer space. "They managed to complete one of their tasks and have now entered the airlock of the Russian ISS segment," a source at Russian Mission Control Center told Interfax-AVN. The purpose of the spacewalk was to inspect and detach one of the five clamp units...

2008-07-11 09:00:05

By Marcia Dunn Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In a daring spacewalk, two space station astronauts cut into the insulation of their descent capsule Thursday and removed an explosive bolt that could have blown off their hands with firecracker force. Spacewalkers Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko managed, in the end, to safely disconnect the bolt from the Soyuz capsule that will be their ride home this fall. They immediately slid it into a blast- proof container. "It is in," one of...


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