Russian Soyuz spacecraft went to the ISS


16/05/2012

Soyuz spacecraft carrying two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut, after a delay of more than a month because of problems with the body designed and built by Russian capsules, went to the International Space Station (ISS).

Agency NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba, veteran Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin, went into space aboard a Soyuz rocket TMA-04M, which is making his first space flight from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this Tuesday.

Trio of astronauts berth to the International Space Station early Wednesday, joining Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Don Pettit of NASA and the astronaut from the European Space Agency - Andre Kyuipe already on board.

In connection with the write-off of U.S. space shuttles last year, the United States is now heavily dependent on Russia, to be able to deliver its astronauts to the ISS. Now the service is paid to the United States, which is worth $ 60 million (37 million pounds) per person.

The Moscow government ranks are hoping that this is smoothly carried out, the mission will begin to restore confidence in the Russian space program following a string of failed launches in the past year.

Starting the Union this Tuesday was delayed from March 30 to allow, partly owned by the state, Russian space contractor, RKK Energia, to prepare a new capsule for launch after an accident during the test pressure, damaged the previous crew capsule Union.

Previous team of three ISS astronauts returned from the International Space Station at the end of April, after a delay due to security fears, after the Russian unmanned capsule to take passengers - Progress collapsed during tests in the atmosphere of the Earth in August last year.

It was one of the five damaged starts last year, which severely undermined the authority of the Russian space during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first manned flight into space - Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Unsuccessful launches also undermined many other space missions, including the long-awaited unmanned mission to return soil samples from the Martian moon Phobos.

Original: Physorg.com


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