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Soyuz Crew Docks Successfully With International Space Station
2012-05-17 05:06:30

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying American astronaut Joe Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin docked successfully with the International Space Station´s Poisk module at 12:36 a.m. EDT on Thursday after a two day journey, reports NASA. The three Soyuz members were welcomed aboard the orbiting lab as the hatches opened nearly 4 hours later, at 4:10 a.m. EDT. The crew of the ISS -- Expedition 31 Commander Oleg Kononenko, and Flight Engineers Don Petit and Andre...

Next Soyuz Crew Prepares For Launch
2012-05-09 03:09:25

The next residents of the International Space Station are making final preparations for a May 14 launch and NASA Television will provide live coverage of launch and docking. This week, NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, are completing their training, undergoing Soyuz spacecraft fit checks and taking part in traditional ceremonies. Video file documentation of the final preparations will be...

MetOp-B Launch Postponed
2012-04-30 03:56:49

Eumetsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) have been informed by the launch service provider, Starsem, that the launch of the MetOp-B satellite by a Soyuz rocket, scheduled for 23 May from Baikonur, had to be postponed. This is due to additional measures required to ensure the availability of safe drop zones for parts of the launcher after lift-off. The launch has been postponed for some weeks, until appropriate measures are implemented. It is expected to take place in the second half of...

ISS Expedition 30 Touches Down Safely In Kazakhstan
2012-04-27 07:53:32

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying the three members of Expedition 30 landed safely in Kazakhstan at 7:45 a.m. EDT after successfully undocking from the International Space Station (ISS) and returning home from their nearly 6 month stay on the high-flying lab. Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin have been on board the ISS since November 16, 2011, spending 165 days in space, before loading into the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft and...

Smokey Bear To Get A Ride To The Space Station
2012-04-26 04:15:39

American astronaut Joseph Acaba says he has chosen Smokey the Bear, the mascot of the United States Forest Service, as the mascot for the new crew heading to the International Space Station. Acaba said at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday that he will take the toy bear on board the spacecraft and use it as an indicator of weightlessness. Aacaba says he hopes Smokey will help raise public awareness of the dangers posed by “human caused forest fires and of how important the...

2012-04-19 12:04:01

Over the next several weeks, NASA Television will provide coverage of activities surrounding the upcoming International Space Station crew rotation. Coverage will include departure of three crew members now living aboard the space station. It also will include pre-launch activities, launch and arrival of three new residents. Beginning April 23, NASA TV video files will document Expedition 31 crew training activities with Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba of NASA and Soyuz Commander Gennady...

Earth, This Is Space Station, Do You Hear Me?
2012-04-10 04:00:49

Are you following Andre Kuipers' mission through his blog, Twitter or Flickr? Astronauts are sharing the privilege of being in space with the people back at home via social media. Communication with space stations has not always been so easy. Keeping in touch with Earth is important for crew morale. Astronauts can be in space for six months or more and they are keen to know what is happening with their families and communities. Astronauts on the first space stations relied on standard...

Station Crew Clear To Exit Soyuz Vehicles
2012-03-24 06:16:24

The Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station received an "all clear" to move out of their Soyuz vehicles after a small piece of Russian Cosmos satellite debris passed by the complex without incident early Saturday. They began the process of moving out of the vehicles and back to their regular duties and a weekend off. Flight Director Jerry Jason decided to direct the station crew to take shelter in their respective Soyuz vehicles for a short period of time after ballistics...


Latest Soyuz Reference Libraries

DeWinne
2012-01-13 17:47:21

Frank De Winne is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He was born Frank Viscount De Winne on April 25, 1961 in Ledeberg, Belgium. He is married to Lena Clarke and has three children from a previous marriage. He enjoys football, concerts, and gastronomy. In 1979, he graduated from the Royal School of Cadets, and in 1984, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy with a Master of Science degree in Engineering. In 1991, after graduating from the Belgian Air Component at...

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2011-01-04 21:27:35

Valery Bykovsky was a Soviet cosmonaut who flew three manned space mission space flights: Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, and Soyuz 31. He was born Valery Fyodorovich Bykovsky on August 2, 1934 in Pavlovsky Posad in Moscow. In 1951, he graduated from middle school and entered Kachinsk's Myasnikov High Aviation School. After graduation in 1955, he served with the Soviet Air Force. In 1960, Bykovsky was accepted into the Soviet cosmonaut unit and then underwent the full space preparation course and...

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2010-11-17 15:15:31

Ivan Bella is a Slovak Air Force officer who became the first Slovak citizen to fly in space. He was born on May 25, 1964 in Brezno, Czechoslovakia. He graduated from Banská Bystrica, a military high school, in 1983. He earned his pilot license, and he then went to a Military Aviation University SNP, where he graduated in 1987. In 1993 he was stationed to serve on the 33rd air base flying Mig-21 and Su-22 fighters. Five years later he headed to Russia for space mission training. In August...

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2010-11-17 15:03:26

Georgy Beregovoy was a Soviet cosmonaut who commanded the space mission Soyuz 3 in 1968. He was born Georgy Timofeyevich Beregovoy on April 15, 1921 in Fedorivka, Ukrainian SSR. In 1941, he joined the Soviet air force and was assigned to a ground-attack unit flying the Ilyushin Il-2. He flew almost 200 combat raids during the World War II and became a Captain and Squadron Commander by the end of the war. Following the war, he became a test pilot and rose to the rank of Colonel and Deputy...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

International Space Station -- Continuing on from the United States' Skylab and Russia's Mir, the International Space Station (ISS) represents a permanent human presence in space. The space station is located in orbit around the Earth at an altitude of approximately 386 km, a type of orbit usually termed low Earth orbit. (The actual height varies over time by several kilometres due to atmospheric drag and reboosts.) It is serviced primarily by the Space Shuttle, and Soyuz and Progress...

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