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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-28-2013 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Soyuz TMA-09M: mission viewing, questions, comments
This thread is intended for comments and questions about the Soyuz TMA-09M mission and the updates published under the topic: Soyuz TMA-09M mission to the space station.

TMA-09M will launch three crew members for the Expedition 36 crew on board the International Space Station: Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano.

TMA-09M will be the 118th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft since its first flight in 1967.

Charlie16
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posted 05-28-2013 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As an Italian, I am proud of Luke Parmitano that will make the first Italian EVA.

To follow the launch live, see here.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-28-2013 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who may have missed the hatch opening tonight, Chris Cassidy had a surprise new "look" for Luca Parmitano.

The NASA astronaut and former Navy SEAL shaved his head bald and has grown a new goatee to match the Italian astronaut's hairstyle...

issman1
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posted 05-29-2013 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps they were paying homage to Story Musgrave. 2013 marks 20 years since that first Hubble Servicing Mission, on which he was the lead spacewalker.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-15-2013 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
British Airways pilot Captain Simon Wijker caught this image of the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft, shortly before it landed in Kazakhstan.

Just reflecting on what I saw; watched like millions of others many times animated footage of space capsules returning to earth and this is almost routine and you can take this in without too much emotion. Now having seen this fire ball shooting across the sky knowing there are actually 3 people inside that fire ball that are back safe on earth 20 minutes later is breathtaking.

Very privileged that I was lucky enough to see this.

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