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Jacques van Oene

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posted 10-18-2006 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA Announces New International Space Station Crew

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have named two astronauts and two cosmonauts to the next International Space Station crew, known as Expedition 15. Astronauts Clayton C. Anderson and Daniel M. Tani will travel to the station next year and work as flight engineers. Cosmonauts Fyodor N. Yurchikhin and Dr. Oleg V. Kotov will spend six months aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Anderson will get a ride to the station aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 mission, targeted for launch in June 2007. He will return to Earth on shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-120. That flight will carry his replacement, Tani, to the station. Tani will return on shuttle mission STS-122, targeted for October 2007.

Yurchikhin will command Expedition 15, and Kotov will serve as station flight engineer and Soyuz commander. Yurchikhin and Kotov will fly to the complex aboard a Soyuz spacecraft scheduled to launch in March 2007. Until Anderson arrives, astronaut Sunita L. Williams will serve as Expedition 15's third crew member and flight engineer. She will fly to the station on STS-116 in December.

A native of Nebraska, Anderson was selected as an astronaut in 1998 following a technical career in mission operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. He managed the Emergency Operations Center at Johnson for several years before becoming an astronaut. He has a bachelor's degree from Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., and a master's from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

A native of Illinois, Tani has a bachelor's and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. He was selected as an astronaut in 1996. Tani's first spaceflight was aboard Endeavour in December 2001 on the STS-108 mission. During that flight, he performed a four-hour spacewalk.

Yurchikhin previously visited the space station aboard Atlantis on STS-112 in 2002. He is qualified as a mechanical engineer and has a doctorate in economics. Before he was selected as a cosmonaut, Yurchikhin served as a Russian flight controller and lead engineer for several missions.

Kotov was selected as a cosmonaut in 1996 and has trained for Soyuz, Mir and space station missions. He is a graduate of the Kirov Medical Academy in Russia.

The Expedition 15 backup crew is astronaut Gregory E. Chamitoff for Anderson; Sandra H. Magnus for Tani; Russian cosmonauts Roman Y. Romanenko and Mikhail B. Kornienko for Yurchikhin and Kotov.

Robert Pearlman

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NASA today held a media briefing with members of the next International Space Station crew, Expedition 15, and the U.S. businessman who will visit the complex in spring 2007.

The briefing originated from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, and was broadcast live on NASA Television.

The briefing included:

  • Expedition 15 Commander and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin
  • Expedition 15 Flight Engineer, Soyuz Commander and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov
  • Expedition 15 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Clay Anderson
  • Expedition 15 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Dan Tani
  • Spaceflight Participant Charles Simonyi, who will fly to the station under a commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency and Space Adventures, Ltd.
Yurchikhin, Kotov and Simonyi will travel to the station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft. Eleven days later, Simonyi will return to Earth aboard a Soyuz with two members of the Expedition 14 crew.

Space shuttles will transport Anderson and Tani to the station later in the year. Anderson has a seat on shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 mission, targeted for launch next June. Tani will replace Anderson a few months later when he arrives aboard shuttle Atlantis on its STS-120 mission.

During the press conference, collectSPACE asked ISS 15 commander Yurchikhin to describe his crew's mission patch, which was first debuted on the internet by collectSPACE. His comments about the insignia will soon to be posted to the thread: ISS Expedition 15 insignia

After the briefing, the astronauts, cosmonauts and spaceflight participant took part in a photo session:

Soyuz TMA-10 crew: Simonyi, Yurchikhin and Kotov

ISS Expedition 15 crew, part one: Anderson, Yurchikhin and Kotov

ISS Expedition 15 crew, part two: Tani, Yurchikhin and Kotov

As you can see, Yurchikhin is shorter than all his fellow crew mates. At one point during the session, he joked about needing a riser and stood on his tippy toes.

At that point, Anderson to his right and Kotov at his left decided to pitch in:

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