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From: Huntsville, AL, USA
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posted 09-29-2005 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Bill McArthur has been wondering about his return ticket for his next spaceflight, but he isn't worried as he prepares for his mission to the International Space Station.
"I have a lot of confidence that once I get on orbit, [NASA's] going to get me home when I need to get back," he said.

"America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow." - Commander Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17 Mission, 11 December 1972

Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-29-2005 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA and Russia confirmed at the Expedition 12 Flight Readiness Review last week that Bill McArthur will have a ride back to Earth next April aboard the same Soyuz that will bring him to the station later this week. Further, at today's Expedition 12 briefing (on-going), NASA confirmed the plan for McArthur to return on Soyuz TMA-7 less the shuttle become available in the Spring.


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From: W.Sussex United Kingdom
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posted 09-29-2005 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I imagine it is highly unlikely NASA will accept no US presence on the ISS so if McArthur comes back on TMA-7 then his replacement is likely to fly up on TMA-8.

Not sure what announcements have been made concerning this flight, but I imagine a crew of Turin, Tani and Vittori (Vindogradov has also been suggested as CDR but I think this was when TMA-8 was planned as a taxi flight. He will probably now command TMA-9).

The Russians want the ISS crews to stay up longer, but as Turin & Tani have trained as an ISS crew I would imagine TMA-8 would be a straight swap of Turin & Tani for Tokarev & McArthur.

Reiter then flies on STS-121 (although he will now be part of the Turin/Tani crew rather than Tokarev/Mcarthur crew) and then all three come home on STS-116 which launches a complete 3-person ISS crew.

Just my thoughts...happy to hear other ideas...

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