Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Soyuz docks with Station - 6 person crew restored

The second half of Expedition 29 docked safely with ISS on November 16 at 0524 GMT. Rob Navias, the NASA commentator, announced the docking and the "restoration of a six man crew." Too bad it's only for a week. TMA-02M undocks on November 21 beginning Expedition 30 and it's back to a three person crew until late December.  

Also, not much was said about Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin's stay on the ISS being trimmed from 5 1/2 to 4 months because of the launch delay.

NASA does great stuff, but I wish they would crank the spin down a notch.

Three men and a bird move into space station - Technology & science - Space - Space.com - msnbc.com:
"A spacecraft carrying the three newest residents of the International Space Station safely arrived at the orbiting outpost on Wednesday after a two-day space journey.

NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin reached the space station slightly ahead of schedule, at 12:24 a.m. ET. The trio parked their Russian-built Soyuz TMA-22 capsule at the Poisk mini-research module on the station's Russian segment, as both spacecraft were flying 248 miles (400 kilometers) above the South Pacific."