Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Space Travel News .

Three ISS crew return to Earth in Russian capsule
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Nov 19, 2012

Three astronauts touched down on the snowy steppes of Kazakhstan on Monday in a flawless pre-dawn landing aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule after spending over four months aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Russia's Yuri Malenchenko, Sunita Williams of the US and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan touched down as scheduled just before 0200 GMT, the Russian Space Flight Control Centre announced as the message "Landing Accomplished" was flashed on a giant screen.

The successful landing came after fears it could be postponed after workers in the Moscow region on Wednesday accidentally cut through a cable providing communications between Russia's mission control and the ISS.

The three landed an hour before sunrise a few kilometres (miles) from the target northeast of Arkalyk in central Kazakhstan, a Central Asian ex-Soviet republic, an official said on NASA TV which showed the landing.

After stepping out of the capsule one by one, the three were placed side by side on a special seat and covered with a blue blanket to protect them from the cold and falling snow, with the outside temperature at around minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit).

They appeared in good shape, with the American and the Japanese astronauts smiling for the cameras and the officials who greeted them.

The Russian cosmonaut Malenchenko said the return to Earth had gone "admirably" well in reply to a journalist who asked him to say a few words.

Malenchenko, 50, had just completed his fifth space mission, while the other two had been on their second mission.

The team were then taken to a tent set up nearby to undergo medical tests.

A sign that read "Landing place of space vessel Soyuz TMA-05" was hammered into the ground by local officials.

Three planes, 12 helicopters and six emergency vehicles were mobilised for the landing mission, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

"All the operations in leaving orbit and landing went smoothly. The crew members who returned to Earth are feeling well," the Russian mission control said in a statement.

The three ISS crew members had been on the space station since July. They will be replaced by a new team that blasts off December 19 in a Soyuz vessel from Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan. It will be made up of Russian Roman Romanenko, American Thomas Marshburn and Canadian Chris Hadfield.

They will join the remaining ISS crew, Russians Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, and Kevin Ford of the United States, who arrived on October 25.

Since 2009 there have been permanent teams of six astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station, whose capacity was previously limited to only three persons.

The Russian Soyuz rocket has been used to ferry crews to and from the ISS since the US space shuttle was retired last year.

Russia has recently suffered a string of failed satellite launches and the loss of an unmanned supply ship to the ISS, but the manned missions have been flawless, although there had been concern about the latest landing because of the severed communications cable.

"It's true that there was no reserve cable and the breach happened in a section going between mission control and a connecting station," Russian space agency chief Vladimir Popovkin told journalists, according to the ITAR-TASS news agency.

Russia managed to repair the problem within a day and Popovkin said the cable rupture had had no effect on the ISS since the US mission control is able to fully take over from the Russian one.

Mission control and the space agency's research centre are now drawing up a plan for a reserve cable in the affected section "so such things do not happen again," Popovkin said.


Related Links
Station at NASA
Station and More at Roscosmos
S.P. Korolev RSC Energia
Watch NASA TV via Space.TV
Space Station News at Space-Travel.Com

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Space station command changes
Houston (UPI) Nov 17, 2012
Suni Williams handed over command of the International Space Station Saturday to fellow U.S. astronaut Kevin Ford. Williams, Aki Hoshide of Japan and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko were scheduled to leave Sunday in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They were expected to land Monday, local time, in Kazakhstan after 127 days in space, Florida Today reported. On Friday, ground crew ... read more

France, Germany seek Ariane compromise at ESA space meet

ILS Launches the EchoStar XVI Satellite

Arianespace's fourth Spaceport mission with Soyuz ready for fueling

Ariane 5's sixth launch of 2012

Martian And Terran History Finding a common denominator

Meteorites reveal warm water existed on Mars

NASA Rover Providing New Weather and Radiation Data About Mars

CU LASP package ready for MAVEN integration bound for Mars

China's Chang'e-3 to land on moon next year

Moon crater yields impact clues

Study: Moon basin formed by giant impact

NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Gets Final Science Instrument Installed

Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

At Pluto, Moons and Debris May Be Hazardous to New Horizons Spacecraft During Flyby

Sharpest-ever Ground-based Images of Pluto and Charon: Proves a Powerful Tool for Exoplanet Discoveries

The Kuiper Belt at 20: Paradigm Changes in Our Knowledge of the Solar System

Rare image of Super-Jupiter sheds light on planet formation

Astronomers Directly Image Massive Star's 'Super-Jupiter'

NASA's Kepler Wraps Prime Mission, Begins Extension

Lowell astronomer, collaborators point the way for exoplanet search

S. Korea readies for delayed rocket launch

South Korea's rocket launch likely to take place Nov. 29

Student Teams to Build and Fly Rockets With Onboard Payloads for NASA Rocketry Challenge

XCOR Announces ATK as Lynx Mark I Wing Detailed Design And Build Contractor

Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

Tiangong 1 Parked And Waiting As Shenzhou 10 Mission Prep Continues

DARPA's Advanced Space Surveillance Telescope Could Be Looking Up From Down Under

Comet collisions every 6 seconds explain 17-year-old stellar mystery

NASA Radar Images Asteroid 2007 PA8

Ball Aerospace/B612 Foundation Sign Contract for Sentinel Mission

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement