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2005-11-10 11:10:00

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 on Saturday from Anaheim, California via NASA television, got the idea when he discovered that the...

2005-11-10 10:46:00

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 on Saturday from Anaheim, California via NASA television, got the idea when he discovered...

2005-11-07 11:43:38

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The two men aboard the International Space Station floated outside their orbital outpost on Monday to prepare the complex for its next phase of construction. The start of the spacewalk was delayed an hour after the crew and NASA flight directors realized they did not know if a critical vent valve was open or shut. U.S. station commander Bill McArthur and Russian flight engineer Valery Tokarev were just minutes away from the start...

2005-10-11 07:30:00

By Shamil Zhumatov NEAR ARKALYK, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - A Russian cosmonaut, a U.S. astronaut and an overjoyed American space tourist returned safely to Earth on Tuesday when their Soyuz capsule bumped down in a near-perfect landing in Kazakhstan. Footage beamed to Moscow mission control from the Kazakh steppe showed the recovery team opening the hatches of the spaceship and tugging the three men in their white spacesuits back onto firm land. Millionaire scientist and entrepreneur Gregory...

2005-10-10 23:31:40

By Shamil Zhumatov NEAR ARKALYK, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - A Russian cosmonaut, a U.S. astronaut and an overjoyed American space tourist returned safely to Earth on Tuesday when their Soyuz capsule bumped down in a near-perfect landing in Kazakhstan. Footage beamed to Moscow mission control from the Kazakh steppe showed the recovery team opening the hatches of the spaceship and tugging the three men in their white spacesuits back onto firm land. Millionaire scientist and entrepreneur...

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2005-10-10 16:10:00

MOSCOW -- The seven-day space sojourn of a U.S. millionaire scientist came to a close as he and a two-man Russian-American crew prepared Monday to return to Earth from the international space station. The ride back in the Russian Soyuz capsule is likely to be an exciting conclusion to Gregory Olsen's space station visit - the third trip by a private citizen. The Soyuz is to make a beeline home, covering the approximately 250 miles from the station to Earth in just 3 1/2 hours. The craft is to...

2005-10-03 06:07:19

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian-U.S. two-man crew and the world's third space tourist boarded the International Space Station safely on Monday, two days after they blasted off from the Central Asian steppe. The new arrivals, who traveled to the orbiting station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, were U.S. Commander William McArthur, Russian Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, and American scientist and entrepreneur Gregory Olsen. Russian television showed them drifting weightlessly through...

2005-10-03 01:04:00

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian-U.S. two-man crew and the world's third space tourist safely reached the International Space Station, Moscow mission control said on Monday, two days after they blasted off from the Central Asian steppe. On board the Russian Soyuz spacecraft were U.S. Commander William McArthur, Russian Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, and American scientist and entrepreneur Gregory Olsen. "The docking has taken place ... Now they will start preparing to open the airlocks...

2005-10-01 02:51:00

By Nikolai Pavlov BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - A Russia-U.S. two-man crew and the world's third space tourist blasted off from Earth on Saturday, bound for orbit and the International Space Station. The cigar-shaped Soyuz rocket climbed into a blue morning sky from the barren steppe of Central Asia, arcing higher and higher until only a ball of flame could be seen. "It was wonderful. It was magnificent. It was beautiful," Michael Griffin, the head of U.S. space agency NASA, told...

2005-09-29 15:53:53

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Engineers made final preparations Thursday for the weekend launch of a Soyuz spacecraft to the international space station, with a U.S. scientist who paid $20 million for the journey among those aboard. Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and U.S. astronaut William McArthur are scheduled to blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome Saturday and dock with the orbiting station two days later. Joining Tokarev and McArthur will be their paying passenger, Gregory Olsen, who will...