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HOUSTON -- NASA and its international partners have agreed to a
tentative launch schedule with crew flights to the International
Space Station resuming on Nov. 14.

The Space Station Control Board, with representation from all partner
agencies, set the schedule after hearing the Russian Federal Space
Agency's findings on the Aug. 24 loss of the Progress 44 cargo craft.
The dates may be adjusted to reflect minor changes in vehicle
processing timelines.

"Our top priority is the safety of our crew members. The plan approved
today, coupled with the conditions on orbit, allow the partnership to
support this priority while ensuring astronauts will continue to live
and work on the station uninterrupted," said International Space
Station Program Manager Michael Suffredini. "Our Russian colleagues
have completed an amazing amount of work in a very short time to
determine root cause and develop a recovery plan that allows for a
safe return to flight. We'll have a longer period of three-person
operations and a shorter than usual handover between the next two
crews, but we are confident that the crews will be able to continue
valuable research and execute a smooth crew transition."

The updated space station traffic plan includes Thursday's undocking
and landing of three Expedition 28 crew members: NASA's Ron Garan and
Russia's Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev. Expedition 29
Commander Mike Fossum of NASA, Satoshi Furukawa of Japan and Sergei
Volkov of Russia will remain aboard the station to continue research
and maintenance for 61 days until the remainder of the Expedition 29
crew arrives.

According to the current plan, the Soyuz 28 spacecraft, carrying
NASA's Dan Burbank and Russia's Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton
Shkaplerov, will launch Nov. 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan and arrive at the station on Nov.16.

On Nov. 22, Fossum, Furukawa and Volkov will undock their Soyuz 26
spacecraft and land in the northern Kazakhstan landing zone.
Expedition 30 Commander Burbank, Ivanishin and Shkaplerov will work
as a three-person crew for 36 days. The remainder of the Expedition
30 crew -- NASA's Don Pettit, Russia's Oleg Kononenko and Europe's
Andre Kuipers -- will launch to the station aboard the Soyuz 29
spacecraft on or about Dec. 26 and dock to the station two days
later. The exact launch date is under review.

The control board also received a report on the status of supplies and
spare parts aboard the station. The report shows there is sufficient
logistical supplies to support crews through the summer of 2012
without deliveries from the scheduled cargo flights.

For the new tentative Soyuz and Progress launch dates in 2011, visit:

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Offline lucspace

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Eh...Soyuz TMA-03M not Dec. 20 anymore? Does anyone have confirmation/more info?