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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...

2008-07-11 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 00:05:00

International Space Station Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko wrapped up a 6-hour, 18-minute spacewalk at 9:06 p.m. EDT Thursday. They inspected their Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft and retrieved a pyro bolt from it. The spacewalk comes in the wake of ballistic entries by the two most recent Soyuz spacecraft, entries that while safe resulted in high-G rides for the crews and landings hundreds of miles short of the planned recovery area. Russian engineers say they have...

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2008-07-08 11:35:00

The Expedition 17 crew kicked off a busy week aboard the International Space Station with more spacewalk preparations. The crew members participated in meetings with specialists on Earth and prepared cameras along with other tools and equipment that will be used during two upcoming spacewalks. Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko will wear their Orlan spacesuits Tuesday to perform a full dress rehearsal to check their systems and communications gear to prepare for the...

2008-05-03 15:08:28

HOUSTON - NASA has pushed back the planned launch of the final flight to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope by up to five weeks due to external fuel tank delays, mission managers said Thursday. Space shuttle program manager John Shannon said that the additional time required to include post-Columbia safety improvements in two shuttle fuel tanks supporting the Hubble servicing mission have delayed the spaceflight to no earlier than late September. A seven-astronaut crew was slated to...

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2008-04-08 09:40:00

At 5:16 pm (11:16 am GMT) on Tuesday, the first Korean was launched into space on a Russian Soyuz TMA-12 spaceship. The launch took place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the world's oldest space launch pad. This mission, the 17th International Space Station venture, is comprised of three cosmonauts: Commander Sergei Volkov, Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko, and Yi So-yeon, the nanotechnology engineer from South Korea. The 29-year-old woman was scheduled as the backup astronaut for the...

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2008-04-08 08:50:00

Commander Sergei Alexandrovich Volkov and cosmonaut Oleg Dmitrievich Kononenko of the 17th International Space Station crew launched in their Soyuz TMA-12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:16 a.m. EDT Tuesday to begin a six-month stay in space. Less than 10 minutes after launch their spacecraft reached orbit, and its antennas and solar arrays were deployed shortly afterwards. With Volkov, a lieutenant colonel in the Russian Air Force, and Kononenko is spaceflight participant...