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2008-02-12 13:05:00

With the Columbus mission well under way, the space station program has assigned crews for the next flight opportunities. Belgian ESA astronaut Frank De Winne joins Expedition 19 and will spend six months on the ISS in 2009. In May 2009, he will fly together with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS.The arrival of Frank De Winne and his two crewmates will for the first time expand the station's crew size to...

2005-04-27 18:26:46

MOSCOW (AP) -- A German will become the first European Space Agency astronaut to spend a full six-month stint on the international space station, the Russian Space Agency said Wednesday. Thomas Reiter, 46, will participate in Expedition 11 in July and complete his mission to the orbiting space station when Expedition 12 is on board, the agency said in statement. Anatoly Perminov, the head of the Russian Space Agency, signed a contract with ESA making Reiter part of the main crew. He will...

2005-02-28 16:49:50

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian cargo ship blasted off Monday for the international space station, carrying food, equipment and other supplies, Mission Control said. The unmanned Progress M-52 spacecraft lifted off as scheduled at 10:09 p.m. (2 p.m. EST) from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in the steppes of Kazakhstan, said Valery Lyndin, a spokesman for Mission Control in Korolyov just outside Moscow. It entered orbit 124 miles above the Earth about nine minutes later, Lyndin said in a...

2004-12-22 08:51:11

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia made final preparations for a crucial cargo flight to the International Space Station, whose two-man crew is running out of food and will have to be evacuated if the supply mission is aborted. The Progress M-51 vessel, which is to bring water, oxygen and food to the ISS, was wheeled out to the launch-pad of the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a spokesman for Russia's space agency Rosaviakosmos told ITAR-TASS news agency. The supply ship is scheduled to take off from...

2004-12-11 11:06:42

ESA -- Roberto Vittori will be the next ESA astronaut to fly to the International Space Station, on the 10-day Italian Soyuz mission, scheduled to be launched on 15 April next year from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The mission is called ENEIDE and takes its name from the epic tale written by the Latin poet Virgil in the 1st century BC. This story tells of the journey of Aeneas from Troy to Italy and the foundation of Rome. Vittori is a member of ESA's European Astronaut Corps...

2004-11-30 04:00:00

MOSCOW. Nov 30 (Interfax) -- The ship due to re-supply the international space station will take off from Baikonur cosmodrome on December 24, one day later than planned, Interfax was told at Energia rocket and space corporation. Initially the supply ship, named Progress, was supposed to take off with more fuel and cargo to ISS on December 23, but the schedule had to be changed after officers failed again to increase the space station's orbit on November 17. A commission set up to look...

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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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