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2009-10-07 15:30:08

NASA and its international partners have assigned five new International Space Station crews and made changes to four previously assigned station crews. Among the newly announced crews for future station missions is the assignment of NASA astronauts Ron Garan, who was born in Yonkers, N.Y.; Mike Fossum, who grew up in McAllen, Texas; Dan Burbank, who considers Yarmouthport, Mass., his hometown; and Don Pettit, who was born in Silverton, Ore. European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers and...

2008-12-03 09:55:19

The U.S. and Russian space agencies said they've signed a $141 million modification of their International Space Station contract, extending it into 2012. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Russian Federal Space Agency said the fixed-price crew transportation services contract extension covers comprehensive Soyuz support, including all necessary training and preparation for launch, crew rescue and landing of a long-duration mission for three station crew members.

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2008-10-24 07:30:00

A Soyuz space capsule carrying one U.S. space tourist and two Russians safely landed on target in Kazakhstan at 0336GMT on Friday. The Soyuz TMA-12 capsule landed about 55 miles north of Arkalyk in north-central Kazakhstan, according to Russian Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin. "I feel great. I feel very good. Re-entry was perfectly smooth," said space tourist Richard Garriott. Son of astronaut Owen Garriott, who spent 60 days on NASA's Skylab in 1973, Richard Garriott paid $35...

2008-10-12 21:00:12

BAIKONUR. Oct 12 (Interfax-AVN) - The Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13, carrying the crew of the 18th main expedition and the sixth space tourist to the International Space Station, has been put into earth orbit. "The spacecraft has started its two-day journey to the ISS," a spokesman for the Energia corporation told Interfax-AVN at Baikonur on Sunday. The crew comprises Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, NASA astronaut Michael Fincke and the sixth space tourist Richard Garriott. The Soyuz...

2008-10-12 21:00:04

BAIKONUR. Oct 12 (Interfax-AVN) - The Soyuz-FG launch vehicle took off without a hitch, the Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13 was placed in orbit, all its systems are functioning properly and crewmembers feel well, the state commission at Baikonur space center announced on Sunday. Flight control in Korolyov outside Moscow assumed control over the spacecraft. "I thank everyone for the good work relating to the takeoff and request you to prepare for the docking of the spacecraft with the...

2008-10-09 21:00:16

BAIKONUR. Oct 9 (Interfax-AVN) - Teams of the Federal Space Agency and the Baikonur space center are attaching the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft to the Soyuz-FG rocket. "The process will take about six hours," a space center source told Interfax-AVN. The spacecraft is being attached to the rocket in a hangar of CSKB Progress (the head designer and manufacturer of Soyuz-FG rockets) with the assistance of representatives of the Energia Aerospace Corporation (the designer of manned spacecraft)....

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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...

2008-10-01 18:00:06

Contact: John Yembrick of NASA, +1-202-358-4715, john.yembrick- 1@nasa.gov, or Kelly Humphries of Johnson Space Center, +1-281-483- 5111, kelly.o.humphries@nasa.gov WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will broadcast the launch of the next International Space Station crew Oct. 12 and the landing of the current crew Oct. 23. NASA's Expedition 18 Commander and Science Officer Mike Fincke, Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov and spaceflight...

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...