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Re: June 15, Soyuz-FG - Soyuz-TMA19 (ISS 23S)

NASA TV Official Youtube Video:


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I found it amazing how long the rocket was visible from the ground. A clear morning indeed!


Re: June 15, Soyuz-FG - Soyuz-TMA19 (ISS 23S)

Roscosmos Official Launch Replays:

Perminov Speaks:


Re: June 15, Soyuz-FG - Soyuz-TMA19 (ISS 23S)

Zipi":3v0anp04 said:
I tried with my speakers at full, though if you live in a populated area, headset might be a better idea, and yea, i got me a new computer start-up sound :cool:

Nice camera handling too, but they spoiled us already with that ;)



Re: June 15, Soyuz-FG - Soyuz-TMA19 (ISS 23S)

TMA19 has successfully docked to the ISS.

From Spaceflightnow. Justin Ray.

2223 GMT (6:23 p.m. EDT)
The docking occurred as the space station flew over the Atlantic just off the coast of Argentina at an altitude of 222 miles.

Over the next few minutes, the Soyuz docking probe will retract to allow hooks and latches to bring the spacecraft to a firm seal with the station. Hatches between the two vehicles will be opened around 9:25 p.m. EDT.

2221 GMT (6:21 p.m. EDT)
DOCKING. The Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft has docked to the Zvezda module of the space station, delivering Doug Wheelock, Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin to the international outpost.

The new Expedition 24 residents join commander Alexander Skvortsov and flight engineers Mikhail Kornienko and Tracy Caldwell Dyson. They have been aboard the station since April.

From Spaceflightnow. Justin Ray.


Andrew Brown.


Re: June 15, Soyuz-FG - Soyuz-TMA19 (ISS 23S)

News conference beginning.


Ended. NASA will cover hatch opening ceremony later.



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They are getting ready to open the hatch.


Hatches are open.


Waiting for video from inside ISS.


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Hatch opened, they are greeting each other.

Conference with the mission control, family members, friends.

Conference finished.

Official docking video :


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SDC : Russian Spacecraft Delivers New Crew of 3 to Space Station
By Tariq Malik Managing Editor
posted: 17 June 2010
07:13 pm ET

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft linked up with the International Space Station Thursday with two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut aboard on a mission that doubled the outpost's population and may see the last NASA shuttle flight ever to visit the orbiting lab.

The Soyuz TMA-19 docked with the space station at 6:21 p.m. EDT (2221 GMT) as both spacecraft flew 220 miles (354 km) over the Atlantic Ocean near Argentina. The orbital arrival boosted the space station's crew back up to full strength, with six people now living at the orbiting lab.

From :

Docking and hatch opening :
[youtube][/youtube] : Soyuz TMA-19 Docked to the ISS
:: 18.06.2010

Soyuz TMA-19 docked to the International Space Station’s Zvezda’s instrumentation compartment at 02:25 MSK, June 18.
After the hatches between the station and the vehicle were opened at about 5.30 a.m., the team of Soyuz – Fiodor Yurchikhin, Doug Wheelock, Shannon Walker – will join ISS-24 crew with commander Alexander Skvortsov, and flight engineers Mikhail Kornienko and Tracy Caldwell Dyson.
Following docking completion, a short press conference was hosted by the Mission Control Center. Roscosmos Deputy Head Vitaly Davydov, Head of Roscosmos Space Flight Directorate Alexey Krasnov, other officials of the industry and NASA Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier answered the questions of news media.

Roscosmos PAO

SDC : Amelia Earhart's Watch Reaches Space Station 82 Years After Historic Flight
By Robert Z. Pearlman

posted: 18 June 2010
04:04 pm ET

The watch that aviatrix Amelia Earhart wore while making history on two trans-Atlantic flights was brought onboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, 82 years to the day after its historic first flight. The timepiece was among a few mementos — including a medal of honor — that flew to orbit with the outpost's three newest crewmembers.

Earhart's watch arrived at the station onboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft, which docked at the aft port of the Zvezda service module at 5:21 p.m. CDT as the two vehicles were, coincidentally, flying over the Atlantic.


Re: June 15, Soyuz-FG - Soyuz-TMA19 (ISS 23S) : Stunning Sunrise and Aurora, As Seen from the Space Station
June 20th, 2010

Written by Nancy Atkinson

Sunrise as seen by Doug Wheelock (Astro_Wheels on Twitter) from the ISS.

Expedition 23 astronaut Soichi Noguchi took and shared so many amazing images during his 6-month stay on board the International Space Station, and I was a little worried that his return to Earth would result in a bit of a let-down in the space imaging department. I now see I had nothing to fear: Three new members of the Expedition 24 crew arrived at the ISS late last week and Doug Wheelock seems to have filled Soichi's shoes (or socks, since they don't wear shoes on the ISS) quite nicely. He posted two new images today on his Twitpic page that are nothing short of stunning. This image, above of an orbital sunrise provides a great look at the ISS bathed in "morning" light.

"A stunning sunrise aboard the International Space Station, as seen from the Russian MRM1 Module. We're blessed with 16 sunrises each day!" Wheelock, a.k.a Astro_Wheels wrote.

See below for an aurora he captured over the South Pole.

An aurora seen over the South Pole, from the ISS. Credit: Doug Wheelock, NASA.

"A breath-taking masterpiece being painted in the sky over the South Pole. 'The Southern Lights'…like brush strokes from the Master's hand…" wrote Wheelock.

Follow Wheelock on Twitter to get the latest images he takes during his Expedition.


Guest : Emergency Training, Orientation and Science for Crew

Image above: Expedition 24 Flight Engineer Shannon Walker is pictured in the Columbus laboratory of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Expedition 24 Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineers Mikhail Kornienko and Tracy Caldwell Dyson participated in an emergency Soyuz descent drill Thursday to prepare for the unlikely event that they would need to evacuate the station during Monday’s relocation of the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft from the aft end of Zvezda to the Rassvet module.

The Soyuz TMA-19 arrived at the station June 17 carrying Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock, Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin, and its move will clear the way for the arrival of the ISS Progress 38 cargo craft on July 2.

To help familiarize themselves with their new home aboard the orbital outpost, Wheelock, Walker and Yurchikhin continued their orientation activities.

Throughout the day Wheelock had time set aside to participate in a few biomedical experiments, including the Scaling Body-Related Actions in the Absence of Gravity (Passages) experiment. Passages tests how astronauts interpret visual information in the microgravity environment aboard the station using a variety of visual exercises.

He also worked with the Bodies in the Space Environment (BISE) Experiment, which evaluates how perception and orientation are affected by long-duration spaceflight. The session was photographed by Caldwell Dyson.

Caldwell Dyson also completed routine inspections on some of the station’s portable emergency equipment including the Portable Breathing Apparatus and the Portable Fire Extinguisher.


Guest : Soyuz Relocation Delayed
Today’s relocation of the Soyuz TMA-19 from the aft end of the Zvezda service module to the Rassvet module has been temporarily delayed due to an electrical breaker problem that delayed proper orientation of one of the station’s solar arrays. Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin, Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker are in the Soyuz awaiting a “go” to undock from flight directors in Houston and Moscow.

All systems aboard the Soyuz are functioning well, but a remote power controller “fuse” had to be reset on the beta gimbal assembly latch on the 4B solar array on the P4 truss. The arrays must be locked in place for structural stability before the move can take place. Flight directors delayed today's move for a minimum of half an hour. The Soyuz relocation will be dependent upon correct repositioning of the solar array, possibly occurring about 3:30 p.m. EDT.

ISS Live video :

NASA media channel :


Latching in progress, delay about 90 min, undocking expected in about 30 min, around 19:25 UTC

Solar array inspection :

2010 June 28 19:08 UTC :
Latching complete, go for relocation.

2010 June 28 19:13 UTC :


2010-06-28 19:16 UTC :

Docking expected around 19:38 UTC.

2010-06-28 19:23 UTC :
Yurchikin flying Soyuz in lateral movement.


2010-06-28 19:28 UTC :
Flyaround completed.


2010-06-28 19:31 UTC :
Aligned, ready for docking manoeuvre.

2010-06-28 19:32 UTC :
'Go' for final approach.



Contact and capture.



2010-06-28 19:45 UTC :
Electrical connection complete.



Guest : Station crew takes Soyuz for 'spin around the block'

Posted: June 28, 2010

The International Space Station's docking module added by the shuttle Atlantis astronauts in May received its first vehicle Monday when the outpost's crew relocated a Soyuz capsule there.


Soyuz approaches Rassvet. Credit: NASA TV

Doug Wheelock, Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin, who launched aboard the Soyuz on June 15 and reached the station two days later, initially parked the capsule at the aft port of the Zvezda service module.

Their approach and docking used the Russian KURS autopilot system for the rendezvous. But after getting acclimated to space over the past couple of weeks, the two Americans and one cosmonaut climbed back into their Soyuz TMA-19 and manually flew it around to the Rassvet module's Earth-facing port Monday.

Rassvet hasn't been outfitted with the ability to support automated dockings yet. That work will be performed during a Russian-based spacewalk on July 26.

Soyuz relocations occur occasionally aboard the International Space Station, and now the Zvezda's port is ready to receive a Russian Progress resupply ship later this week.


Guest : Soyuz TMA-19 relocated as ISS managers discuss Node 4 addition
June 28th, 2010 by Chris Bergin


The Russian Soyuz TMA-19/23S spacecraft has been relocated from the Zvezda module to dock with the Rassvet (MRM-1) research module during a 30 minute maneuver on Monday. Meanwhile, International Space Station (ISS) managers have been made aware of a Change Request (CR) for preliminary design, integration, and delivery concepts for the addition of Node 4 later this decade.

Node 4:

Currently, the final module that will take up residency on the ISS is the ‘recent’ manifest addition of flying the PMM (Permanent Multi-purpose Module) with Discovery on STS-133. However, preliminary discussions are taking place on another addition to the orbital outpost later this decade.


Node 4 – otherwise known as the Docking Hub System (DHS) – is currently being baselined as launching on a medium EELV (Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle) – likely to be a 5×1 variant of an Atlas V, but potentially a Delta IV – in tandem with a yet-to-be-decided “Tug”, possibly utilizing the ARDV (Autonomous Rendezvous & Docking Vehicle) concept, which could be launched on an Atlas V.

Other solutions include potential concepts involving either the European ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) or HTV (H-II Transfer Vehicle) with the pressurized module removed.


Oooh, another Node? Cool! That would be awesome indeed, to show that the US can continue to add modules even after Shuttle retires.


EarthlingX":2ki528c0 said:
Node 4:

Node 4 – otherwise known as the Docking Hub System (DHS)

More information about IDSS (International Docking System Standard): ... 00914.html


Seems that IDSS was planned earlier to be installed at Node 2's two ports, but now it seems that there will be plenty of IDSS docking ports if DHS is being added.


I'm eagerly waiting to see this thing to fly! It would probably remove all docking problems at the future when more and more vehicles are flying to the station. :!:


Thanks Zipi, nice images :cool:

I like this idea too, and i'm very glad to see some work on this front :cool:

Latest images from Astro_Wheels :

and relocation video (HD) :



Guest : We Can’t Let Them Down
July 06, 2010

The three U. S. astronauts aboard the International Space Station reflected on their mission Tuesday, expressing their hopes for the future of human exploration and their remorse over the sight of the spreading oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker spoke with KTRH radio of Houston as well as the Houston Chronicle newspaper.

They responded to questions on topics ranging from the on going debate between the White House and Congress over NASA’s future to the views of Earth from the station.

Given the opportunity, what would Caldwell Dyson say to President Obama about the future of human exploration, KTRH wondered.

Tracy Caldwell Dyson. Photo Credit: NASA

“To put it in a nutshell, look at what we have done, and I’m not just talking about we, NASA. I’m talking about we, as a world,” said Caldwell Dyson.

”We are a collective country,” she said of the 15 nations responsible for the orbiting science laboratory. “We have put men on the moon. We have built this incredible space station. We did it with partner nations, Russia, Japan, Europe (Canada). We brought them together in space. We assembled this incredible vehicle in space.

“Gosh, if that is not worth continuing, then I don’t know what is. So, I would say to the White House and our president: invest in our future. We have a lot of kids out there who are looking forward to getting here, and getting us beyond. We can’t let them down.”

The Chronicle questioned Wheelock about the oil that has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico since an April offshore drilling rig explosion and the desperate efforts that have followed by British Petroleum and others to stop the environmental threat to the coastlines of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Doug Wheelock. Photo Credit: NASA

“Of course, it’s just tragic – the bits of news we get up here,” said Wheelock. “I was able to look out yesterday, out of the windows in the station’s Russian segment, and we saw a little bit of the oil stretching from New Orleans over to the western coast of Alabama, the Gulf Shores area.

“Another day, I saw some of the fires they had burning off some of the oil in the middle of the Gulf It’s just tragic,” said Wheelock. “We hope and pray that we are able to get the leaks stopped.”

Shannon Walker Trains for Mission. Photo Credit: NASA

“Persevere,” said Walker. “Life gives you a lot of challenges. Work hard to overcome any obstacle. Always pursue your dreams. Maintain an awareness of what you want out of life. Always work toward it. It may not always be easy, but you can get to where you want to be.”

Caldwell Dyson recalled the period between June 1 and 18, when the station was temporarily down to three people.

“I remember thinking, there were just three people in space, and I was one of them” she told KTRH. “That was a pretty emotional moment for me.”
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