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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-21-2012 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Soyuz TMA-06M: mission viewing, questions, comments
This thread is intended for comments and questions about the Soyuz TMA-06M mission and the updates published under the topic: Soyuz TMA-06M mission to the space station.

TMA-06M will launch three crew members for the Expedition 33 crew on board the International Space Station: Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford.

TMA-06M will be the 115th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft since its first flight in 1967.

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posted 10-21-2012 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is the first manned launch in 28 years from Pad 6 at Site 31, also referred to as the "Tereshkova" pad.
Why is complex 6 referred to as the "Tereshkova" pad? I thought all 6 manned Vostoks were launched from complex 1.

Robert Pearlman
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My guess is that it is an honorary title and is not related to any direct connection between Tereshkova and Site 31.

Nicole Stott made use of the title on Twitter this morning.

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posted 10-23-2012 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why launch from a different pad, rather than the pad where Yuri Gagarin launched? I don't understand...

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posted 10-23-2012 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To quote Oleg Novitskiy from the article:
The pads do require some remodeling and modernization from time to time, so this is a planned change. Before us, all the launches used to take place at the Gagarin launch pad and now we're going to switch that tradition and show that launches can occur from another pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. So we'll now use launch pad 31.
Today's launch was described as testing out the infrastructure improvements and repairs made to Pad 6/Site 31 over the past few years.

Beginning now through 2014, Pad 5/Site 1 ("Gagarin's Start") will undergo its own set of upgrades, that will make it unavailable for some period of time. With the successful launch of Soyuz TMA-06M, they now have a proven pad to continue launches uninterrupted.

Robert Pearlman
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Tonight's (March 14) scheduled landing of Soyuz TMA-06M may be delayed due to poor weather conditions in Kazakhstan.
Russian space officials continue to monitor conditions at the landing site.

Fog and freezing rain prevented the Search and Recovery helicopters from being deployed earlier Thursday from the staging city of Kustanai to Arkalyk and the ballistic staging town of Aktobe.

The landing has not yet officially been postponed by Roscosmos. Russian state commission members are expected to meet by mid-afternoon, if not before, to decide whether to press for a landing Thursday or delay 24 hours.

Although the weather forecast calls for improving conditions across the Kazakh steppe over the next 24 hours, it is unclear as to whether those conditions will improve enough to enable a landing on time tonight or on two subsequent landing opportunities.

If Soyuz TMA-06M is delayed, it would not be the first time weather has postponed a Soyuz returning to Earth. Soyuz TMA-13 was delayed one day from April 7, 2009, due to snow and soggy conditions on the Kazakh steppe.

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The return of Soyuz TMA-06M to Earth has been delayed at least 24 hours due to poor weather conditions at the landing site in Kazakhstan.

The new schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 15 (all times CDT)

3:00pm — Soyuz farewell coverage on NASA TV
3:25pm — Soyuz hatch closure

6:15pm — Soyuz undocking coverage on NASA TV
6:43pm — Soyuz undocking from ISS

8:45pm — Soyuz landing coverage on NASA TV
9:12pm — Soyuz deorbit burn
10:06pm — Soyuz landing in Kazakhstan

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posted 03-16-2013 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After Russian recovery teams were on hand to help the crew exit the Soyuz vehicle,
the crew was flown by helo in 2 hrs to Kustanai where Kevin Ford boarded the waiting NASA-992 Gulfstream-III airplane which today is bringing them back to Houston/Ellington AFB (with 2 refueling stops). It's the 12th direct return for USOS crewmembers. Oleg Novitskiy & Yevgeniy Tarelkin meanwhile were flown on the GCTC Tu-134 back to Chkalovsky airfield of GCTC (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center) at Zvezdniy Gorodok (Star City) where the usual cheerful crowd of officials and families welcomed them before their disappearance into the “Prophy” hospital for post-mission medicals.

Expedition 34 - Post-Landing Activities

If anyone has seen materials from landing in Houston / Ellington AFB and welcome USOS members on American base?

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