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2006-03-20 03:10:00

MOSCOW -- Crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday took a short flight in their Soyuz craft to free up a docking bay for their replacements arriving later this month, Russian mission control said. Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev undocked the Soyuz from the Zarya module docking port, backed off from the station about 50 metres, and then docked at the Zvezda living quarters module, a mission control spokeswoman said. Tokarev was assisted by Bill McArthur, the U.S. astronaut and...

2006-02-04 00:35:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An innovative project to fly a make-shift radio satellite housed in an old Russian spacesuit came to a premature end on Friday, completing just a couple of orbits before falling silent. Space station crew members Bill McArthur and Valery Tokarev released the make-shift satellite, dubbed SuitSat, just after floating out of the station's airlock module to begin a six-hour spacewalk. Before they were back inside, however, SuitSat's mission was...

2006-02-03 18:20:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The two astronauts living on the International Space Station went on a six-hour spacewalk on Friday to make repairs and hand-launch an amateur radio satellite housed in an old spacesuit. Release of SuitSat, an all-volunteer, educational project organized by an international group of ham radio enthusiasts, was the first task scheduled for space station commander Bill McArthur, a U.S. astronaut, and flight engineer Valery Tokarev, a Russian...

2006-01-23 15:40:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA's first paid ride to the International Space Station will be delayed eight days due to problems preparing the Russian Soyuz spacecraft for launch, Russian and U.S. officials said on Monday. Launch of the 13th live-aboard space station crew was rescheduled from March 22 to March 30, said NASA spokesman James Hartsfield with the Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA is paying Russia to transport astronauts to the space station after the grounding...

2005-12-23 16:10:00

MIAMI -- An unmanned Russian spaceship carrying food, water, fuel and Christmas goodies for two orbiting astronauts docked at the International Space Station on Friday. The Progress supply ship, which blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, arrived about eight minutes ahead of schedule and hooked up to the research outpost at 2:46 p.m. EST (1946 GMT), NASA's mission control in Houston said. The craft carried needed supplies to Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and...

2005-12-21 18:05:44

MOSCOW -- An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying supplies and Christmas gifts for the crew of the international space station blasted off Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a spokesman said. The Progress M-55 was launched at 9:39 p.m. (1:39 p.m. EST), according to a duty officer with the Federal Space Agency who was not authorized to give his name. In addition to 2.8 tons of food, water, books, DVDs and scientific equipment, the ship is also bringing cosmonaut Valery...

2005-11-23 16:45:22

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the new blockbuster movie based on the series of books by J.K. Rowling, is having its space premiere. The movie was transmitted from Mission Control in Houston Tuesday to NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander Bill McArthur, who asked to see the movie. As part of NASA's regular assistance to crew members on long-duration space flights, NASA contacted the maker of the Harry Potter movies, Warner Bros. Pictures, in the hopes that they...

2005-11-18 06:10:00

MOSCOW -- The two men living in orbit on board the International Space Station moved their Soyuz spacecraft on Friday to clear a dock for a planned spacewalk next month, Moscow mission control said. Russia's Valery Tokarev piloted the Soyuz to the Zarya module to free up the Pirs dock, which serves as an airlock. Tokarev and U.S. astronaut William McArthur arrived at the station in October together with a space tourist, American millionaire scientist and entrepreneur Gregory Olsen. He has...

2005-11-10 15:09:07

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney is to broadcast live into space from a U.S. concert to two astronauts circling the globe. He will play "Good Day Sunshine" and one of his latest songs, "English Tea," to NASA astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev who are on an international space station 220 miles above the earth. McCartney, who will be singing into space Saturday from Anaheim, California via NASA television, got the idea when he discovered that...

2005-11-10 12:47:07

MOSCOW (AP) - Engineers raised the orbit of the international space station Thursday by nearly five miles ahead of next month's arrival of a Russian cargo ship, a Russia space agency spokesman said. In coordination with Russian Mission Control, the crew of the space station twice fired the engines of a Russian Progress M-54 ship attached to the station, raising the orbit by about 4.8 miles, spokesman Valery Lyndin said. Engineers had planned to raise the orbit last month, but an unexpected...