Russian spacecraft successfully delivered astronauts to the ISS


27/12/2011

Soyuz spacecraft safely delivered a Russian, American and Dutch astronauts on the International Space Station. Now a team at the station again consists of six people, as it was prior to September of this year.

The commander of the crew, Russian Oleg Kononenko, Don Pettit of NASA and Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency were in flight two days after the launch from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The ship successfully docked with the station.

After about two and a half hours after docking, new members have joined the ISS crew from NASA’s Dan Burbank and Russians Anton and Anatoly Shkaplerovu Ivanishina that are on the station since November.

Crew members of the family watched the dock of the Mission Control Center, and sent his congratulations, and his son Kuipers sang him a song in Dutch.

The team will be on board the International Space Station until mid-March.

In another run, which took place on Friday, a new modification of the Union was not able to deliver the Meridian communications satellite into space from the Baikonur launch in Plesetsk.

"The ball of light that is seen over Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany, was the last stage of the rocket debris of the Union" - said the Belgian Royal Observatory on Sunday.

Astronomers have been concerned about the appearance of unidentified flying objects and initially took them for meteorites.

Belgian Observatory, told the riddle, when compared the appearance of objects with the launch of the Russian satellite communications on Friday.

Who heads the space agency Vladimir Popovkin said the cause of the failure was the malfunction of the engine.

"What happened was very unpleasant situation," - said Popovkin. "This is proof that the aerospace industry is in crisis, and the weakest link is engine building."

The failed launch Friday was for Russia is the sixth in the past year.

Original: Physorg


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