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Robert Pearlman
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Soyuz TMA-10M: mission viewing, questions, comments
This thread is intended for comments and questions about the Soyuz TMA-10M mission and the updates published under the topic: Soyuz TMA-10M mission to the space station.

TMA-10M will launch three crew members for Expedition 37 aboard the International Space Station (ISS): Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins.

TMA-10M will be the 119th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft since its first flight in 1967.

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The Soyuz TMA-10M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 carrying Expedition 37 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins and Russian Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazansky to the International Space Station. Their Soyuz rocket launched at 2:58 a.m. local time. Photo Credit: (NASA/Carla Cioffi)

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Watching the NASA live video of the customary family calls, shortly after Soyuz hatch opening, it seems that Michael Hopkins two sons were bored. Or was it the time of day?

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I don't think they were bored as much as they were bashful. Hopkins' tease to his 15 year old that he was saying over the open radio that he loved him hinted that his son was at that age we all go through where parents' public displays of affection are "not cool."

That said, it would have been have been a long day for them, from getting up early to see their father head off for the launch pad through the adrenalin-filled liftoff and then waiting the six hours to see him arrive safely at the space station...

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It seems the recovery forces trying to stage for Soyuz TMA-10M's return later today have run into some weather. From NASA photographer Bill Ingalls:
...poor weather forced the fleet of 12 helicopters to turn around from their flight to Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan where they were to have pre-staged for the landing of the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft, Monday, March 10, 2014, Karanganda, Kazakhstan.

Russian space officials and members of the search and recovery forces are currently meeting to discuss the weather.

Expedition 38 Commander Oleg Kotov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, and Flight Engineers: Mike Hopkins of NASA, and, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, are scheduled to land early Tuesday morning (local time) near the town of Zhezkazgan.

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Reuters reports that the return of Soyuz TMA-10M to Earth has been delayed by a day due to the weather.
...their Soyuz TMA-10M craft is now expected to depart about a day later and land on Wednesday at about 1015 (0015 EDT), Russian news agencies cited officials at the Gagarin cosmonaut training centre outside Moscow as saying.

Heavy fog and low visibility prevented airborne rescue and recovery teams from getting close to the remote landing site on the windswept flatlands near the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan on Monday, a Russian space industry source said.

Deep snow on the steppe could also make it tough for all-terrain vehicles to reach the crew, the source said.

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Per NASA, the earlier decision to postpone the landing has been reversed and they are proceeding with a landing tonight (March 10). Here's the schedule:
  • Hatch closure: 3:58 p.m. CDT (2058 GMT)
  • Undocking: 7:02 p.m. CDT (0002 GMT)
  • Landing: 10:24 p.m. CDT (0324 GMT)

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Only four out of the 12 recovery helicopters were able to make it out to the landing site due to the weather conditions.

As a result, the crew only received a brief medical exam before being loaded into all-terrain vehicles and then onto helicopters to be flown to Karaganda, where a welcome ceremony were planned. All three crew members reported feeling good.

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