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SPACEFACTS
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posted 03-14-2009 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPACEFACTS   Click Here to Email SPACEFACTS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got a mysterious official crew portrait by NASA.

It is showing Coleman, Kondratiyev and Kuipers in Sokol space suit. All of them are wearing the ISS-21 patch - but with no names.

Which crew is this?

In a press release dated on 21.11.2008 NASA wrote:

Specific backup crew members will not be announced because of the streamlined training flow for six-person crews. If needed, backups can be selected from subsequent crews in training.
Are there still unofficial backup crews? Has anyone a complete list?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-14-2009 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Coleman is assigned as Expedition 26 flight engineer but if you notice on her individual Sokol portrait, she's wearing an ISS 21 patch.

Kondratiyev and Kuipers are TMA-15 back-up crew members for Romanenko and De Winne respectively. To my knowledge, Hadfield is still serving as back-up to Thirsk.

Perhaps the photo was simply one of convenience, having a few future/potential Expedition members together and does not represent a crew (backup or otherwise).

hoorenz
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posted 03-14-2009 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is also a portrait with Romanenko, De Winne and Stott in the NASA gallery - once the original crew to return with the Soyuz TMA-15 in November. This picture does not make much sense anymore, now that Stott will return on Shuttle and Thirsk on TMA-15. But... this series of official Sokol pictures was taken on February 12, while the official announcement of the Stott - Thirsk change came on March 3.

With this in mind, the Kondratiev - Kuipers - Coleman is not all that strange: Kondratiev is back up for Romanenko, Kuipers is back up for De Winne and Coleman was trained as the back up for Stott. So, probably, this was supposed to be the back up variant of the Romanenko, De Winne and Stott picture - representing the Soyuz return crew in the unlikely event that both the entire Soyuz crew (doubtful in this specific case) and Stott had to be replaced.

So: the answer to the question "Which crew is this?" will be: "The Soyuz TMA-15 back up return crew prior to March 3, 2009."

Erik van der Hoorn

heng44
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posted 03-21-2009 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My friend Rolf asked Kuipers about this and he has confirmed that Erik is right...

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Tom
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posted 03-22-2009 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the crew picture posted somewhere? I saw the individual shot of Coleman. Thank you.

SPACEFACTS
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posted 03-22-2009 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPACEFACTS   Click Here to Email SPACEFACTS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's here.

BMckay
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posted 03-30-2009 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was the back up crew photo. Coleman (back up Stott) will probably be flying along with Paolo Nespoli. Hadfield backing up Thirsk.

FYI - Cady mentioned the other day it was the first time she has seen her Sokol photo.

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