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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #100 on: 04/08/2009 12:07 pm »
To late at night to watch so very much apreciate the coverage everyone.  Great to see a normal safe landing again.
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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #101 on: 04/08/2009 12:57 pm »
Well done all around. Mike Fincke has set a new
standard for what an ideal astronaut needs in terms of
technical proficiency, physical stamina, McGuyveresque
ingenuity, emotional commitment, and internationalist
outlook. I sure hope it's not his last space mission, but
the docs have the final word...

And expect more great things from the 'new Yuriy' (the second Gagarin, as colleagues refer to him for his quiet charisma), Lonchakov. Another jewel of a spaceman.

Any word on how the new Soyuz pyrobolt functioned? Did
the hardware upgrades result in a clean mechanical sep on
the first try, or was the Equipment Module's "rock and roll"
gyration algorithm needed?

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #102 on: 04/08/2009 02:26 pm »
Space Adventures’ Orbital Spaceflight Client Charles Simonyi

Returns to Earth after Completing Second Mission

to the  International Space Station

Simonyi Made History as the First Repeat Private Space Explorer

Vienna, Va. – April 8, 2009 -- Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, today announced that its client Charles Simonyi and his crew successfully landed in the Kazakhstan steppes after a visit to the International Space Station (ISS).  Simonyi returned to Earth aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft with Expedition 18 crewmembers Michael Fincke and Yuri Lonchokov, who both spent six months aboard the orbiting outpost.

Dr. Simonyi made history by becoming the first private explorer to complete a second mission to space.  He previously flew to the ISS in spring 2007 as Space Adventures’ fifth orbital client.

“With my second mission, I did much more work, but I was also able to rest and relax. I was physically more prepared and more comfortable given the resources that I brought with me,” said Charles Simonyi.  “I am very happy to have made the decision to fly again.”

During his stay aboard the space station, Dr. Simonyi focused on educational outreach and research:

·   He communicated with hundreds of students via HAM radio signal in cooperation with Amateur Radio on the ISS.

·   On behalf of the European Space Agency, Dr. Simonyi performed a series of experiments, including the study of the physical impact of spaceflight on cosmonauts and astronauts through Early Detection of Osteoporosis in Space and the study of the occurrence and development of Low Back Pain during spaceflight.     

·  Working closely with the Hungarian Space Office and the Russian space agency, Dr. Simonyi measured and monitored radiation on the ISS using a dosimeter. He participated in this experiment on his first mission and the results of the project will be helpful in designing better spacecraft shielding for future crews.

·  Dr. Simonyi also used Windows on Earth software, developed by TERC, to assist him in photographing our planet. 

Dr. Simonyi shared his experiences daily through his Web site, www.charlesinspace.com. The site features video clips from NASA TV, as well as Dr. Simonyi’s audio recordings direct from space.  He also blogged while in orbit and answered questions posed by visitors to his site. 

About Charles Simonyi

Dr. Simonyi’s return mission to the ISS is the latest destination in a life defined by exploration and discovery. Born in Budapest, he had a passion for science, math, technology and space. Dr. Simonyi learned computer programming early in life, which would shape his professional career for decades and enable him to achieve his entrepreneurial dreams. At the age of 13, Dr. Simonyi represented Hungary as a junior cosmonaut and won a trip to Moscow to meet one of the first cosmonauts, Pavel Popovich.

Dr. Simonyi earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University. From 1972 to 1980, Dr. Simonyi worked at Xerox Corporation's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He left PARC to join Microsoft Corporation, where Dr. Simonyi held the titles of Director of Application Development, Chief Architect and Distinguished Engineer, leading the development of Microsoft Word and Excel.

In August of 2002, Dr. Simonyi left Microsoft and founded Intentional Software Corporation, an engineering company focused on improving the way organizations write software.  He founded the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences in 2003 to support arts organizations, and science institutions, such as the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, among others.

He is a trained pilot in multi-engine aircraft and instrument flying, currently holding licenses for jets and helicopters, and has logged more than 2,000 hours of flying time. In 2007, he became the fifth private citizen to travel into space.

Dr. Simonyi is married to Lisa Persdotter who worked in asset management and marketing.

Jacques :-)

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #103 on: 04/08/2009 02:27 pm »
RELEASE: 09-081

SPACE STATION CREW LANDS IN SOYUZ AFTER SUCCESSFUL MISSION

HOUSTON -- Two members of the 18th crew to live and work aboard the
International Space Station and a spaceflight participant returned to
Earth at 2:16 a.m. CDT Wednesday. NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, Russian
cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov and spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi
safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft in the steppes of southern
Kazakhstan.

The Expedition 18 crew members undocked their Soyuz from the station
at 10:55 p.m. April 7. The deorbit burn to slow the Soyuz and begin
its descent toward Earth began at 1:24 a.m. April 8. The landing was
moved to a more southerly landing site because of poor landing
conditions at the original site.

Fincke commanded the Expedition 18 mission, which saw the station go
to full power and begin water supply recycling. He spent 178 days in
orbit on this flight and has accumulated a full year in space during
his career. Launching to the station on Oct. 12, 2008, he also became
the first American to fly to and from the space station twice aboard
a Russian Soyuz. Fincke served almost 188 days as a flight engineer
on the Expedition 9 crew, which launched April 18, 2004, and returned
to Earth on Oct. 23, 2004.

Lonchakov completed his first long-duration spaceflight. He spent
nearly 12 days aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. He spent
nearly 11 days in space in 2002, launching aboard one Soyuz craft and
landing in another while carrying different crews to the space
station and back. With this mission, he has accumulated a total of
more than 200 days in space.

Simonyi, an American, spent 11 days on the station under a commercial
agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency. He is the only
spaceflight participant to visit the station twice.

The Expedition 18 crew worked with a variety of experiments, including
human life sciences, physical sciences and Earth observation. Many of
the experiments are designed to gather information about the effects
of long-duration spaceflight on the human body, which will help with
planning future missions to the moon and beyond. Other experiments
involved practical solutions to extended mission challenges such as
repairing electrical components and fighting fire in microgravity.

Before undocking, Fincke and Lonchakov bid farewell to the new station
crew, Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer
Mike Barratt, who launched to the station on a Soyuz March 26.
Remaining on the station with Padalka and Barratt as an Expedition 19
crew member is Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi
Wakata. Wakata launched to the orbiting laboratory on space shuttle
Discovery's STS-119 mission on March 15.

The Expedition 19 crew will be joined in orbit by Russian cosmonaut
Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne and
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk in May, inaugurating
the station's first six-person crew. It also will be the first time
that crew members from all five International Space Station partners
will be living aboard at the same time.

For information about the space station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station
Jacques :-)

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #104 on: 04/08/2009 04:00 pm »
I'll give this a standalone thread, but related:

Soyuz investigation findings backed by nominal Soyuz TMA-13 return

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2009/04/soyuz-investigation-findings-backed-by-nominal-soyuz-tma-13-return/ - via the big presentation dated Feb 20, acquired by L2 on Feb 19, but relevant to run after the safe return of Soyuz TMA-13.
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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #105 on: 04/08/2009 04:46 pm »
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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #106 on: 04/09/2009 04:05 am »
I haven't seen a landing position for TMA-13... lat and long, or even just
how many km SE of Dzezkazgan.

Anyone?

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #107 on: 04/09/2009 11:10 am »
I haven't seen a landing position for TMA-13... lat and long, or even just
how many km SE of Dzezkazgan.

Anyone?

 jonathan

 The front page of the Novosti Kosmonavtiki website gives 140km NE of Dzezkazgan, and durations

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #108 on: 04/09/2009 03:51 pm »
I haven't seen a landing position for TMA-13... lat and long, or even just
how many km SE of Dzezkazgan.

Anyone?

 jonathan

 The front page of the Novosti Kosmonavtiki website gives 140km NE of Dzezkazgan, and durations

That was the planned position for Apr 7 not the real.

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #109 on: 04/09/2009 04:56 pm »
I haven't seen a landing position for TMA-13

Planned: 48°34'N, 69°17'E; 144 km NE of Zhezkazgan
Actual: 48°33'56"N, 69°23'51"E; 151 km NE of Zhezkazgan

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #110 on: 04/09/2009 06:49 pm »
I have to say that I've never really bought into the whole "ISS teaches us how to work together blah blah blah" line of reasoning.

But following threads like this, with Americans and Russians in the same tin can for reentry, gives me a different perspective.
I flew on SOFIA four times.

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #111 on: 04/09/2009 09:27 pm »
I haven't seen a landing position for TMA-13

Planned: 48°34'N, 69°17'E; 144 km NE of Zhezkazgan
Actual: 48°33'56"N, 69°23'51"E; 151 km NE of Zhezkazgan

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #112 on: 04/10/2009 02:51 pm »
Amazing landing image (was yesterday's NASA picture of the day):

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-18/postflight/ndxpage1.html
« Last Edit: 04/10/2009 02:52 pm by eeergo »
-DaviD-

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz TMA-13 landing, April 08, 2009
« Reply #113 on: 04/10/2009 05:45 pm »
Istochnik-M Update:   Data from the new “Istochnik-M” (“spring”, “source”) system for receiving telemetry from the re-entering Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft were received via ISS-relay during initial stages of the thruster firings but then stopped coming although ground systems showed that the station was still receiving.  Specialists are analyzing.  No official information available yet on the results of the data recording by US ground team deployed in Israel. 

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