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2006-04-09 11:20:00

ARKALYK, Kazakhstan -- American, Russian and Brazilian astronauts endured a bone-jarring, 3 1/2-hour ride from the international space station back to Earth on Sunday, landing on target in the freezing Kazakh steppe. The Russian TMA-7 capsule carried American commander Bill McArthur and Russian flight engineer Valery Tokarev, who each spent six months on the space station, as well as Brazilian astronaut Marcos Pontes. It touched down about 30 miles northeast of Arkalyk at 3:47 a.m. Moscow...

2006-04-08 18:56:03

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Brazil's first astronaut landed safely in the Kazakh steppe on Sunday, returning from a 10-day trip in space with a Russian-U.S. crew that had spent six months on board the International Space Station, mission control said. "Soyuz has made a soft landing," a mission control official in Moscow said after the small Soyuz capsule, charred black from re-entry into the atmosphere, bumped down in northern Kazakhstan's steppe. Marcos Pontes, a 43-year-old Brazilian Air...

2006-04-09 00:25:00

By Shamil Zhumatov NEAR ARKALYK, Kazakhstan -- Brazil's first astronaut landed safely in the Kazakh steppe on Sunday, returning from a 10-day trip in space with a Russian-U.S. crew that spent six months on board the International Space Station. "Soyuz has made a soft landing," a mission control official in Moscow said after the small Soyuz capsule, charred black from re-entry into the atmosphere, bumped down in northern Kazakhstan's steppe. Russian military helicopters converged on the...

2006-04-08 16:14:18

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - After turning over control of the International Space Station to a new crew, a U.S. astronaut, a Russian cosmonaut and a visiting guest astronaut from Brazil climbed into a Soyuz capsule on Saturday and fired its jets to return to Earth. Commander Bill McArthur, flight engineer Valery Tokarev and Brazil's first astronaut, Marcos Pontes, departed the orbital outpost shortly before 4:30 p.m. EDT and were expected to touch down in a...

2006-04-08 17:34:25

KOROLYOV, Russia -- A capsule carrying Brazil's first astronaut, along with a Russian and an American, separated early Sunday from the international space station and began hurtling toward Earth. American astronaut Bill McArthur, Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and Brazilian Marcos Pontes were strapped tightly into a Soyuz TMA-7 capsule for the bone-jarring journey home. They were set to touch down in the steppes of Kazakhstan early Sunday. Space officials at Russia's Mission Control...

2006-04-03 17:52:13

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - There will be no bonfires or early morning fishing trips, but two astronauts aboard the International Space Station will attempt an orbital camp-out on Monday night. Station commander Bill McArthur and the incoming U.S. crewmember, Jeffrey Williams, have stashed their sleeping bags and personal gear in the station's U.S. airlock module for an overnight stay. The astronauts plan to have fun, but that is not the point of the exercise. Once the men...

2006-04-01 03:11:25

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Soyuz spacecraft delivered Brazil's first astronaut and a Russian-U.S. crew to the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, two days after blasting off from earth. "The docking was smooth and the crew are now preparing to open the hatches to enter the ISS," a spokesman for mission control, situated outside Moscow, said. Marcos Pontes, a 43-year-old Brazilian Air Force pilot, had spent the journey hunched inside the capsule with Russian cosmonaut...

2006-04-01 00:15:00

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Brazil's first astronaut and a Russian-U.S. crew docked at the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, two days after blasting off from earth. "The docking was smooth and the crew are now preparing to open the hatches to enter the ISS," a spokesman for mission control, situated outside Moscow, said. Marcos Pontes, a 43-year-old Brazilian Air Force pilot, had spent the journey hunched inside the capsule with Russian cosmonaut Pavel...

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2006-03-29 04:40:00

By Michael Steen BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- Brazil's first cosmonaut said on Wednesday he planned to take his national soccer team's shirt into space to bring them luck in this June's World Cup when he blasts off in a Russian spacecraft. Marcos Pontes, a 43-year-old Brazilian Air Force pilot, is due to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Soyuz TMA spacecraft on Thursday from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. "To commemorate the six times champions of the world that...

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2006-03-24 00:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- NASA said Thursday it approved a new method for crew members to attach themselves to the outside of the international space station for U.S. spacewalks, which were put on hold a day earlier. The discovery of some odd bubbling inside some handrails still on the ground -- but similar to those that line the U.S. part of the floating lab -- had prompted space station managers to halt spacewalks on Wednesday. NASA will resume spacewalks if they are needed but will...


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