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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-19-2011 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Soyuz TMA-03M: mission viewing, questions, comments
This thread is intended for comments and questions about the Soyuz TMA-03M mission and the updates published under the topic: Soyuz TMA-03M mission to the space station.

TMA-03M will launch three new crew members for the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station: Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit, and European Space Agency astronaut André Kuipers.

TMA-03M will be the 112th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft since its first flight in 1967.

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posted 12-21-2011 04:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Expedition 30 is the first to have all six crew members launch after STS-135.

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posted 12-21-2011 05:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish these brave men a good safe journey to the ISS after the BOOST!! moment. In the Netherlands we find it very exciting.

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Unfortunately, Dutch national television (NOS) completely messed up. They had a launch feed without sound and an unknown delay, combined with a DIY-countdown clock that was ahead of the actual time, so in the studio, they had no clue what was going on when 0 had been reached and nothing happened.

Also, they did not use the normal feed with onboard images, but decided to put a camera on the balcony of MCC Moscow and film directly from the screen. Before the launch, they had announced 'unique onboard images'. Yes, they were unique - the same images we have during every launch, but this time in a very bad quality and again, no sound.

To confuse the public, they showed a map with only the position of the ISS on it. And, of course, the worst and most confusing map they could find. On the other hand, it was magical how the two talking heads in the studio could see and talk about the 'mascot' hanging in the capsule.

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posted 12-21-2011 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by hoorenz:
On the other hand, it was magical how the two talking heads in the studio could see and talk about the 'mascot' hanging in the capsule.
For those wondering where the "zero-g indicator" toy doll was, there was none.

Oleg Kononenko explained his choice to break with tradition during an earlier press conference. "I do not plan to take one, since there are other ways to determine the onset of weightlessness."

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posted 12-21-2011 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Exactly, and that is why it was so unbelievable that on Dutch tv, there was some bla-bla about it, with two people convincing each other that they were actually seeing it and were explaining what it was for...

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posted 12-23-2011 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thats a shame as the replay showed a beautiful launch into a cloudless night sky. Seeing the ascending rocket passing some stars in the camera view was pretty dang cool!

I had a chance to meet Don in person early this year. If there was ever a man who was tailor made to be an ISS science officer, HE is it. I wish him great success on this mission.

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What happened to Don Pettit? Must be the first time we have not seen TV pictures or photographs of all three crewmembers after a nominal Soyuz landing.

Tom
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I read on another website that Pettit fainted... don't know if that was confirmed.

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posted 07-01-2012 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He looked pretty beat. Easy to understand why the kept the TV camera off him.

The glimpse of him being carried into the tent I saw his head tilted like he was sleeping.

Hope he feels better real soon.

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posted 07-01-2012 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a NASA photo of Pettit post-flight. His eyes appear to be closed but he appears to be content.

Jay Chladek
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posted 07-02-2012 02:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, in orbit, Pettit is like the Energizer bunny as he keeps "going and going and going". But even an Energizer battery eventually runs out. So I think we can cut him a little slack. He deserves what EVER rest he can get now as the long road of recovery now begins.

At least THIS return to Earth seems to have been less eventful than his last Soyuz return on TMA-01 (which was a ballistic reentry).

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