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2009-10-11 00:16:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International Space Station Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt landed their Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft on the steppes of Kazakhstan Sunday, wrapping up a six-month stay. Joining them was spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte, who spent 11 days in space. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Padalka, the Soyuz commander, guided the spacecraft to a parachute-assisted landing at...

2009-09-30 06:10:00

The next residents of the International Space Station launched into orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte lifted off at 2:14 a.m. CDT. Future Expedition 22 Commander Williams, Soyuz Commander Suraev and Laliberte are scheduled to dock with the station at 3:37 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2. They will spend nine days as members of a joint crew that includes...

2009-08-08 13:00:00

LATROBE, Pa., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Pittsburgh-area native and veteran astronaut with more than a year's time in space, Col. Mike Fincke will examine the processes and quality control systems at Latrobe Specialty Steel (LSS) on Tuesday, August 11(th). Colonel Fincke will explain to the LSS employees that the lives of the NASA astronauts depend on the cleanliness of the vacuum remelted steel LSS makes for manned space vehicles both past and future. Astronaut Fincke will tour parts of the...

2009-05-29 09:40:00

A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts successfully docked with the International Space Station on Friday. Russian astronaut Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne of Belgium, and Canadian Robert Thirsk will meet with the current ISS crew of Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, NASA astronaut Michael Barratt and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata. "The space capsule docked with the ISS at 4:34 pm Moscow time (1234 GMT)," said Russian mission control spokesman Valery Lyndin. "The docking was...

2009-05-27 09:37:06

A Soyuz spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday, en route to an historic linkup with the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft's docking will mark the first time the space station will have a six-member crew, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the European Space Agency said. Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk and ESA astronaut Frank De Winne will join the three ISS crewmembers...

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...

2009-04-08 07:15:00

Two members of the 18th crew to live and work aboard the International Space Station and a spaceflight participant returned to Earth at 2:16 a.m. CDT Wednesday. NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov and spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft in the steppes of southern Kazakhstan. The Expedition 18 crew members undocked their Soyuz from the station at 10:55 p.m. April 7. The deorbit burn to slow the Soyuz and begin its descent toward...

2009-03-28 09:40:00

Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt of the 19th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-14 to the International Space Station at 9:05 a.m. EDT Saturday. Hatches between the two spacecraft will be opened at 12:10 p.m. A welcome ceremony and a safety briefing for the new arrivals will follow. The new crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:49 a.m. EDT Thursday to begin a six-month stay in space. With Padalka and Barratt is...

2009-03-25 15:35:00

The two astronauts set to take over the International Space Station (ISS) this week said on Wednesday they felt privileged to be part of the space station crew that will increase to six members in May, the AFP reported. Both Michael Barratt and Gennady Padalka said before launch at the Baikonur cosmodrome that their mission marked a new phase in the history of the ISS. The two astronauts spoke to the press from behind a glass screen in order to prevent any crew infections ahead of the...

2008-08-29 21:00:00

Russia will be taking U.S. astronauts to space after the U.S. ends its shuttle missions, deputy chief of the Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos) Viktor Remishevsky told Interfax-AVN on Friday. "It is almost decided that after shuttles go out of service, U.S. astronauts will be delivered to the International Space Station aboard our Soyuz spacecraft. We have agreed with NASA about this," Remishevsky said. "No one is going to leave the station if one of the nations stops visiting it for some...

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Michael Fincke
2012-09-19 14:10:13

Michael Fincke is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut who holds the record for the most time spent in space. He was born Edward Michael Fincke on March 14, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; however, he grew up in its suburb, Emsworth. Fincke graduated from Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1985, and subsequently attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He graduated in 1989 as a double major and earned both a Bachelor...

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