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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #340 on: 09/04/2015 10:38 AM »
 End of event, if I were them I'd break out that Japanese whiskey.

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #341 on: 09/04/2015 10:52 AM »
Press Releae

Paris, 4 September 2015

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen begins busy International Space Station tour 

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen arrived at the Internation Space Station today after a two-day flight with Soyuz spacecraft commander Sergei Volkov and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov. 

Their flight to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft began at 04:37 GMT (06:37 CEST, 10:37 local time) on 2 September as they were launched into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

After circling the globe for the following two days, the spacecraft docked at 07:39 GMT (09:39 CEST) this morning, 4 September.

The automated rendezvous sequence began about two hours before docking, with the crew ready to take over manually if required. The trio opened the spacecraft hatch at 10:16 GMT (12:16 CEST) to join six astronauts already in space, bringing the total
number of people on the Station to nine, for the first time since 2013.

Andreas's ESA 'iriss' mission lasts ten days and he is devoting his time in space to test new technologies and improving space operations. His activities include testing a new water-cleaning membrane that mimics nature, hands-free goggles to help with
complex tasks, a tight-fitting suit to alleviate back pain common in astronauts and driving three different rovers on Earth to prepare for missions farther away in our Solar System.

The iriss mission was conceived, planned and carried out by ESA, with mission control working 24/7 at the Columbus Control Centre, located at the German Aerospace Center DLR, in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. All of Andreas's experiments use the European
space laboratory Columbus or the European bay-window observatory Cupola. 

The Soyuz commander Sergei Volkov will stay on the International Space Station for five months while Andreas and Aidyn return with cosmonaut Gennady Padalka on the Soyuz TMA-16M vehicle. The change of spacecraft is part of the marathon mission for
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko, who are staying on the Station for 11 months. Soyuz spacecraft are designed to stay in space for around six months, so the long-stay crew's vehicle must be replaced by courtesy of Sergei,
Andreas and Aidyn.

Andreas has an essential role in this spacecraft swap, assisting both Soyuz commanders on each flight in his role as flight engineer, or second in command.

ESA will provide continuous updates of Andreas's activities direct from mission control via the iriss blog and Twitter.

Their return flight is planned for 12 September. They will land in the steppe of Kazakhstan with Andreas returning to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, for debriefing.


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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #342 on: 09/04/2015 12:14 PM »
Expedition 45 - Soyuz TMA-18M Hatch Opening and Other Activities

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #343 on: 09/04/2015 01:21 PM »
My congratulations to the crew. Welcome to the ISS!
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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #344 on: 09/08/2015 05:04 PM »

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #345 on: 09/13/2015 01:51 PM »
As an amusing postscript, you may want to visit

where National Public Radio and its listeners are vigorously promoting the theory that the two-day profile was selected because of the threat of manmade space pollution. Ideological agendas seem to overwhelm fact-based analysis all over, we all need to look for it first in ourselves. 

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #346 on: 09/13/2015 02:34 PM »
But Jim - the e-mail response you got from NASA (that you posted in the NPR comments page) makes the situation pretty clear - the proximate reason was a station DAM (debris avoidance maneuver) a several weeks before the launch.  They expected the station's trajectory to decay enough to make a 6-hour rendezvous possible, but it didn't, so they used a 2-day trajectory.

I mean, sure, it wasn't a collision risk with the Soyuz per se, but it was a debris threat that caused the change.  Not sure that NPR's misinterpretation is a hanging offense.  And if it's the comments on the piece that are raising your blood pressure, well, good luck with that.


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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #347 on: 09/14/2015 04:40 AM »
The NPR report, with a little effort, could have made the series of events clear.  It didn't.
Thanks, Jim, for following up on this.

Thanks also for trying to educate the NPR report commenters.  I don't think those two really wanted to learn.

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #348 on: 02/23/2016 10:30 AM »
Things are gearing up for the return.

ISS Daily Summary Report 02/19/16

Posted on February 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm by cosbourn.


Crew Departure Preparation:  Kelly packed his personal items for return to the ground. The items will be split between Soyuz 44, SpaceX-8, and SpaceX-9 vehicles.

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #349 on: 02/23/2016 05:51 PM »
3 p.m., Monday, February 29 - ISS Expedition 46/47 Change of Command Ceremony (Kelly hands over ISS command to Kopra) (starts at 3:10 p.m.) (all channels)
4 p.m., Tuesday, March 1 - ISS Expedition 46 Farewells and Hatch Closure Coverage (Kelly, Kornienko, Volkov; hatch closure scheduled at appx. 4:40 p.m. ET) (Starts at 4:15p.m.) (all channels)
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1 - ISS Expedition 46/Soyuz TMA-18M Undocking Coverage (Kelly, Kornienko, Volkov; undocking scheduled at 8:05 p.m. ET) (Starts at 7:45p.m.) (all channels)
10 p.m., Tuesday, March 1 - ISS Expedition 46/Soyuz TMA-18M Deorbit Burn and Landing Coverage (Kelly, Kornienko, Volkov; deorbit burn scheduled at 10:34 p.m. ET; landing near Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan scheduled at 11:27 p.m. ET) (Starts at 10:15p.m.) (all channels)
SMS ;-).

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-18M Updates
« Reply #350 on: 02/24/2016 04:46 AM »
With this mission complete, Scott Kelly's time in space would be approximately 520 days, 10 hours, and 35 minutes: the most for any American astronaut until Jeff Williams' fourth spaceflight.

Mikhail Korniyenko's time in space would total to 516 days, 10 hours, and 3 minutes while Sergei Volkov's time in space would be 547 days, 22 hours, and 22 minutes.

In conclusion, upon landing next Tuesday/Wednesday, Volkov would be the most experienced out of the descent crew of Soyuz TMA-18M.
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