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Expedition 15 To ISS Approved Soyuz TMA-10 To Launch April 7

Today the Interdepartmental Committee assessed the results of qualification test for ISS-15 Expedition and VC-12 visiting crew members. The crew has completed flight training with the mark "excellent". During two days Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin (S.P. Korolev RSC Energia) and Oleg Kotov (RGNII CTC after Yu.A. Gagarin) together with backup cosmonauts Roman Romanenko (RGNII CTC after Yu.A. Gagarin) and Mikhail Kornienko (S.P. Korolev RSC Energia) demonstrated the skills acquired in the course of training at the Cosmonauts Training Center after Yu.A. Gagarin using the ISS Russian Segment and Soyuz TMA manned space vehicle mockups. US citizen Charles Simonyi as a space flight participant of the ISS Visiting Crew participated in the test together with the Expedition crew. He is to go on a space journey to the ISS together with a visiting crew for 11 days and return to Earth as a member of ISS-14 Expedition.
by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Mar 26, 2007
The crew of the 15th expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) has been approved and the fifth space tourist has been cleared to fly.

The launch of the Russian Soyuz-TMA 10 spacecraft, carrying the 15th expedition and tourist Charles Simoni, an American of Hungarian origin, to the ISS from the Baikonur space center has been scheduled for April 7, 2007.

Valery Korzun, deputy head of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, said the crew would make two spacewalks, receive and unload several Soyuz cargo spaceships, and may also receive the Jules Verne, Europe's first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV).

Korzun added that the European spaceship could arrive later than scheduled, and that the next crew could receive it.

Korzun also praised the performance of Charles Simoni, a co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, who will be the world's fifth tourist to fly into space.

"A routine course for non-professional cosmonauts takes four to eight months," Korzun said.

"Simoni trained longer, and he has mastered the skills of handling Soyuz systems. He has a good education and speaks fluent Russian," the Russian official said.

Source: RIA Novosti

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