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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-21-2007 01:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Expedition 15 Set to Return Home

Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov have boarded Soyuz TMA-10 for their return to Earth. They will undock from the station around 2:14 a.m. CDT Sunday and land in the steppes of Kazakhstan around 5:37.

Joining the Expedition 15 crewmates for their journey home is Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the first Malaysian angkasawan. He arrived at the station with Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko on Oct. 12.

NASA TV coverage of the undocking began at 1:45 a.m. Live coverage resumes at 4:15 a.m. for the Soyuz deorbit burn and landing.

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...the descent of the soyuz-capsule occured at a ballistic trajectory...

the crew seems to be in good shape at this moment...

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posted 10-21-2007 05:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Soyuz TMA-10 has landed! Landing confirmed at 5:36 a.m. CDT.

Recovery crews are on the ground near the Soyuz. The spacecraft landed nearly upright and the crew is safe.

Soon after entering the atmosphere, the crew notified mission managers in Russia that they had entered a ballistic descent for unexplained reasons, which caused the spacecraft to land short of its intended target.

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According to mission managers, Soyuz TMA-10 landed approximately 340 kilometers (211 miles) west of the town of Arkalyk, where the recovery crews had been staged.

All three crew members are now out of the vehicle and are being tended to by medical teams. The crew will be flown by helicopter to Kustanai, Kazakhstan, to meet up with other recovery personnel, before returning to Star City, Russia.

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posted 10-21-2007 06:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Bill Harwood (CBS/Spaceflight Now):
Soyuz capsule makes 'ballistic' descent to Earth
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Plunging back to Earth from west to east over central Kazakhstan, the flight plan called for a landing near the town of Arkalyk. But for reasons yet to be explained, the Soyuz flew a steeper-than-planned trajectory and landed short of the intended touchdown point, subjecting the crew to higher-than-normal braking forces. It was the first "ballistic" re-entry since the Soyuz TMA-1 spacecraft returned on May 3, 2003, with the space station's sixth full time crew.

Landing some 211 miles west of Arkalyk, there was no live television coverage of the landing. But NASA commentator Rob Navias, monitoring the re-entry from the Johnson Space Center's mission control in Houston, said Russian recovery forces aboard search aircraft spotted the capsule as it descended under its main parachutes at an altitude of about 5,000 feet. Russian flight controllers said recovery crews contacted the cosmonauts during the final moments of the descent and were told the crew was in good shape.


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posted 10-21-2007 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully I shall meet at least one of Soyuz TMA-10 crew members in about one week at Star City.

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posted 10-21-2007 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's hardly any media coverage of this mission in the general press

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posted 10-21-2007 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, looks like our Spaceflight Participant got more then he bargained for on the reentry in terms of gees. Glad to see they made it down though as Fyodr and Oleg to me are like family now in terms of seeing their exploits on orbit. Hopefully I can meet them one day.

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posted 10-21-2007 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Philip:
There's hardly any media coverage of this mission in the general press
The same here in the United States! I have not seen anything at all on the national or local news about the landing or the mishap on the Shuttle Training Aircraft at KSC.

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posted 10-21-2007 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Shuttle Training Aircraft accident didn't merit headlines: no one was hurt, the damage was minor, the cause was known and it didn't involve any of the STS-120 crew (so as to justify news from a mission coverage angle).

That the Soyuz landing took place early on a Sunday morning (in the U.S.) probably contributed to the lack of coverage. It was over before most Americans had time to tune-in, let alone wake-up. At the same time, it came too late for inclusion in the Sunday papers, so any (printed) news of the landing would need to wait until Monday.

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posted 10-21-2007 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The Shuttle Training Aircraft accident didn't merit headlines: no one was hurt, the damage was minor, the cause was known and it didn't involve any of the STS-120 crew (so as to justify news from a mission coverage angle). ...

What accident?

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Robert Pearlman
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The left position light, strobe light and wing tip of one of NASA's Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STAs, sustained minor damage from apparent contact with a tree near Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. The incident occurred during landing about 6:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 19 following a training session. An STA flight instructor was piloting the aircraft. The flight crew was unaware of any contact with the tree, and there were no injuries. Thunderstorms were in the area at the time of the incident, which is under investigation. The STA is a twin-engine Gulfstream II jet that was modified to simulate a space shuttle during landing.

There were photos of the damage posted to the Kennedy Media Gallery.

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posted 10-21-2007 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dang. I didn't think there was a tree close enough to the approach path for the STA that could get hit if it were a normal approach.

Glad to see it didn't end badly for the flight crew either.

Edited by Jay Chladek on October 22, 2007 at 06:52 PM.

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posted 10-21-2007 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Thunderstorms were in the area at the time of the incident, which is under investigation.
Thanks. It will be interesting to see the safety report.

There are many tru-isms in aviation, and one of them is, "Nothing is ever as bad -- or as good -- as the intial report would suggest." Contact with a tree during landing would be most unusual, so there is certainly more to this story.

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