Soyuz TMA-17 (launched Dec. 20)

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Soyuz TMA-17 crew patches have been delivered to Roscosmos.

Some TMA-17 prep pics: http://www.energia.ru/eng/iss/iss22/photo_10-28.html

Crew Photo:

Creamer, Kotov and Noguchi

NASA News Letter:
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 13:29:32 -0600
From: info@JSC.NASA.GOV
Subject: NASA TV COVERS NEXT SPACE STATION CREW'S JOURNEY TO ORBIT

December 3, 2009

Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111


John Yembrick
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1100



Report #M09-228

NASA TV COVERS NEXT SPACE STATION CREW'S JOURNEY TO ORBIT

HOUSTON -- NASA Television will air the events surrounding the launch and delivery of the next three residents to the International Space Station. Coverage begins with a broadcast of prelaunch activities Dec. 8, and continues through the crew's arrival to the orbiting laboratory Dec. 22.

Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, NASA Flight Engineer Timothy J. (T.J.) Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi are scheduled to launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:51 p.m. CST on Sunday, Dec. 20.

After a two-day trip, the Soyuz will dock to the space station at 4:58 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, beginning the crew members' six-month stay.
Kotov, Creamer and Noguchi will join Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams of NASA and Russian Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev, who have been on the complex since October.

Events on NASA TV will include (all times are CST):

Dec. 9
11 a.m. - Expedition 22 crew video file of departure in Star City, Russia, for Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Dec. 18
11 a.m. - Video file of crew activities in Baikonur and the Soyuz rocket's mating and rollout

Dec. 19
10 a.m. - Video file of prelaunch crew news conference from Baikonur

Dec. 20
2:15 p.m. - Video file of prelaunch activities and arrival at launch pad from Baikonur
3 p.m. - Launch coverage and replays from Baikonur (launch scheduled at 3:51 p.m.)
7 p.m. - Prelaunch activities, launch and post launch interviews from Baikonur

Dec. 22
4:30 p.m. - Coverage of the Soyuz docking to station (docking scheduled at 4:58 p.m.; post-docking news conference follows)
6 p.m. - Hatch opening and welcoming ceremony (hatch opening scheduled at 6:29 p.m.)
8 p.m. - Video file of the docking to the station, hatch opening and welcoming ceremony

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and schedule information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the space station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_TMA-17
Currently the article is pretty stub, but perhaps it will improve...

Solar array tests:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBX5dEVqUR0[/youtube]

Live coverage from NasaTV:
http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1369080 (Quality: 150k)
http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368162 (Quality: 300k)
http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368570 (Quality: 500k)
http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368163 (Quality: 1200k)
These are direct stream links, so you might have to copy & paste these to your media player to make them work.
 
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Re: Soyuz TMA-17 (launch Dec. 20)

Soyuz move to the pad:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q00IFdv24Vk[/youtube]
 
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Re: Soyuz TMA-17 (launch Dec. 20)

Thanx, Zipi, after a day of snow shoveling, I was just checking into this.
MW
 
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Re: Soyuz TMA-17 (launch Dec. 20)

MeteorWayne":2sba5bcw said:
Thanx, Zipi, after a day of snow shoveling, I was just checking into this.
MW

Sorry for my offtopic, but did you have something similar like we had the first snow at 2006 here in Finland: http://www.sipponen.com/gallery/showimg ... s=2&sort=1

We got over 1m in one day... But it melted off in less than two weeks. It is somehow unusual to get that amount of snow at that short time in this part of Finland (Imatra). Haven't had similar since then.
 
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Re: Soyuz TMA-17 (launch Dec. 20)

No nothing like that here. Only about 7 inches (17 cm ) here; along the coast, 30 miles (50 km) away they had about about half a meter. Just enough to be pretty :)
 
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Re: Soyuz TMA-17 (launch Dec. 20)

Seems that at this launch the lucky toy / gravity indicator is a black donkey or something like that...

EDIT: It is a black cat which is it's second flight.
 
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Re: Soyuz TMA-17 (launch Dec. 20)

Nice launch, here is Youtube video of it:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m58bQBwVNA[/youtube]
 
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Re: Soyuz TMA-17 (launch Dec. 20)

Another great launch for the Russians. I got a good laugh out of the commanders lil black cat
 
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Re: Soyuz TMA-17 (launch Dec. 20)

bushwhacker":2cmqbgix said:
Another great launch for the Russians. I got a good laugh out of the commanders lil black cat

Yep, they always have some toy hanging there. Russians never change these traditions because clearly these things are working well and they don't want to risk anything. :)

Here is the full lenght launch video:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHN2OP1uQI0[/youtube]

ISS & Soyuz tracking page: http://www.mcc.rsa.ru/model.htm
 
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Official HQ replays from different cameras:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXkIOeUv6s0[/youtube]
 
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Approach: (1/3)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYHUByFLLaw[/youtube]

Docking: (2/3)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2WCw1o38B8[/youtube]

Docked: (3/3)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEXt1WqXLAE[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmbxy9ppWrE[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwG86vtHlmQ[/youtube]
 
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May 12, 2010, Soyuz TMA-17 relocation, part1:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La12D2D8PP8[/youtube]

Part2:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZusEISF24Y[/youtube]
 
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Kotov, Creamer and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi plan to follow the Atlantis astronauts back to Earth in nine days, departing June 1 (U.S. time) aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 capsule for a landing in Kazakhstan to close out a six-month stay in space.

Cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov will take command from Kotov, remaining aboard the station with Caldwell Dyson and Mikhail Kornienko as the Expedition 24 crew. They will be joined by cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker, who are scheduled for launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft on June 15.
Quoted from: http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/s ... ndex2.html
 
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SDC : No Memorial Day Barbecue for Astronauts in Space
By Tariq Malik
SPACE.com Managing Editor
posted: 28 May 2010
06:26 pm ET



While many Americans enjoy a long holiday weekend this Memorial Day, there will be no barbecues for astronauts on the International Space Station - and not just because open flames aren't allowed on the spacecraft.

The six people living on the space station have a busy weekend of packing ahead and will spend Memorial Day shifting command of the orbiting lab to its new Expedition 24 crew instead of relaxing, NASA officials said Friday.

That staff change is coming as station crewmembers Oleg Kotov of Russia, Timothy "T.J. Creamer of NASA, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of Japan prepare to return to Earth on Tuesday, June 2.

http://www.federalspace.ru : Alexander Skvortsov to Take Over ISS Commanding Today
:: 27.05.2010

ISS-23 long-term expedition is close to its end. Commander of the station Oleg Kotov will hand over his duties on Thursday. Next commander Alexander Skvortsov will lead during ISS-24.
Kotov, US Timothy Creamer and Japanese Soichi Noguchi are to return to the Earth on June 2. Commader Skvortsov with Mikhail Kornienko and Tracy Caldwell Dyson will stay in the station until June 18, when Soyuz TMA-19 with three new crew members is scheduled to arrive.
Among the objectives of ISS-24, which is to last until September, there are arrivals of two Progresses and one shuttle, as well as flight tests of new Russian modules Rassvet and Poisk. The plan also includes one EVA to be led by experienced Fiodor Yurchihkin. Soyuz TMA-19 commanded by Yurchihkin is to launch on June 16.

Roscosmos PAO

en.rian.ru : ISS orbit lowered prior to Soyuz landing - Russian space agency
14:37 26/05/2010

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The orbital altitude of the International Space Station (ISS) was lowered on Wednesday by 1.5 kilometers (about a mile) to ensure perfect conditions for the re-entry of the Soyuz landing capsule into the Earth's atmosphere.

The orbit has been adjusted with the use of four engines on board Russia's Progress M-05M space freighter, which is docked with the orbital station.

"After the maneuver, the average orbital altitude of the ISS shrank by 1.5 kilometers to 345 kilometers [214 miles]," the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement.

The landing of the Soyuz TMA-17 capsule is scheduled for June 2 in southern Kazakhstan.

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-23/html/iss023e030596.html

ISS023-E-030596 (1 May 2010) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (left foreground), Expedition 23 commander, is pictured at the manual TORU docking system controls in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station shortly after conducting a manual control docking of the Progress 37 due to a jet failure on the Progress that forced a shutdown of the Kurs automated rendezvous system. Progress 37 docked to the Pirs Docking Compartment at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on May 1, 2010, after a three-day flight from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Also pictured are NASA astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson (left background) and T.J. Creamer; along with Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov (right foreground), all flight engineers.

www.federalspace.ru : Operations and Experiments in the International Space Station (May 31 – June 6, 2010)
May 31, Monday

Progress M-04M autonomous mission
ISS attitude control with USOS CMG assistance
Monitoring of the micro ecological environment
Rassvet unloading
Replacement of the conditioning units in the water supply system
Accommodation of the equipment to be returned in Soyuz TMA-17
Photo- and video-imaging of the crew life in the station
Registration of the radiation doze upon TM data
ECLSS (Environment Control and Life Support System) maintenance operations
Space bio-technology: Biotrek (study of space radiation heavy particle flows influence on genetic properties of producing cells in biologically active substances), Lactolen (study of the space environment effects on growing, genetic and physiological parameters of the lactolen producent strain), ARIL (development of the directed change in the interleikin bacteria strains by microorganism strain exposure in orbit with further selection in laboratory), OChB (development of the productiveness improvement methods for the ferment producent strains by microorganism incubation during space mission with further selection in the lab), BIF (study of the space environment effects for the bifido-bacteria), Bacterofage (study of the space environment effects for medical, diagnostics and genetic properties of bacteriofages)
Studies of the Solar system: BTN-Neutron (registration of high-energy neutron flows)
Life-science experiments: Biorisk (exposure of the sets with passive samples), Pilot (validation of the crew skills of vehicle control modes)
Study of the physical conditions in the ISS environment: Matreshka-R (study of radiation environment dynamics in the station and improvement of space dosimeter)
Geophysics and studies of the near-Earth space: Vsplesk (Splash)(monitoring of the seismic effects in near-Earth space), Impulse (ionosphere sounding by pulsed plasma sources- standby)
Contract experiments: EXPOSE-R (studies of exobiological processes in outer space)
Technical studies and experiments: Contur (Outline) (development of the arm control Internet methods with the purpose to study remote object control features), Vector-T (development of the high-precise ISS motion model), Identification (refining ISS math model parameters)
Medical test: training with negative pressure impact on the lower part of the body
 
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http://www.federalspace.ru : Kotov, Creamer, Noguchi to Land on June 2
:: 01.06.2010

ITAR-TASS informs that three AN-12 and AN-24 (one backup) airplanes, 12 MI-8 helicopters (one backup), 6 rescue vehicles (one backup) will support landing of the Soyuz TMA-17 capsule tomorrow morning.
The landing is expected at 07:08 on June 2, 145 km away from the city of Dzheskazgan, Kazakhstan. Airplanes and helicopters are on duty around all estimated landing spots, for the ballistic landing situation as well.
12 landing areas are maintained all over the world. Rescue teams of the country where the Soyuz lands will provide their initial care for the crew. Then, the Soyuz and the crew will be transported back to Russia.
Soyuz TMA-17 will return former ISS commander Russian Oleg Kotov, US Timothy Creamer and Japanese Soichi Noguchi back to the Earth after their 6-month mission in the International Space Station.

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-23/ndxpage85.html
 
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http://www.federalspace.ru : Soyuz TMA-17 Landed in Kazakhstan
:: 02.06.2010

Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi landed their Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 07:25 a.m. MSK Wednesday, wrapping up their stay aboard the International Space Station.

Kotov was at the controls of the spacecraft as it undocked at 04:04 a.m. MSK from the station's Zvezda module.
Expedition 23 formally lasted 163 days. The crew of the expedition received 2 Progresses and three shuttle missions, the most recent one of which has delivered new Russian research module Rassvet to the station.

The station now is occupied by Expedition 24 Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineers Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Mikhail Kornienko. A new trio of Expedition 24 flight engineers – NASA astronauts Shannon Walker and Doug Wheelock and Russian Soyuz commander Fyodor Yurchikin – will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 16 aboard the Soyuz TMA-19.

Roscosmos PAO
 
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Really cool footage from Soyuz TMA-17 landing: (captured from live stream)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWTJuy6LZQM[/youtube]

This is the first video I have seen retro rockets filmed in action on the ground and very near the actual landing site.
 
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EarthlingX

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Very nice :cool:

From the same source :

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhsCFYAMRkI[/youtube]

and this :



here :

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gILQ9ydXeBA[/youtube]

There is also :

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt4GE1df-98[/youtube]
 
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