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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-21-2015 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Soyuz TMA-17M: mission viewing, questions, comments
This thread is intended for comments and questions about the Soyuz TMA-17M mission and the updates published under the topic: Soyuz TMA-17M mission to the space station.

TMA-17M will launch three crew members for Expedition 44 aboard the International Space Station (ISS): Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

TMA-17M is the 126th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft since its first flight in 1967.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-22-2015 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The crew's talisman (zero-g indicator) for this launch is a small plush R2-D2.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-22-2015 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Soyuz TMA-17M has safely reached orbit.

Only one of spacecraft's two solar arrays deployed automatically as programmed. The crew is now working to execute the manual commands to deploy the second.

Update: Second array deployed.

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Nice to see R2 inside a spaceship, and not riding outside like on an X-Wing.

Just curious: They must have an impressive collection of zero-g indicators in a 'talisman museum' somewhere.

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The talisman dolls are the personal items of the cosmonauts, and quite often belong to their kids. They take them home after flight as souvenirs or to save for the next mission (a number of them have flown more than once).

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Second array deployed.
Reports now saying that the port side solar array either did not deploy or only partially deployed, but that the crew is still a go for the four-orbit rendezvous and docking tonight.

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As Soyuz TMA-17M near a docking with the space station in about 15 minutes, cameras on the outpost show that only one of the Soyuz's solar panels is deployed.

Update: Soyuz TMA-17M docked at 9:45 p.m. EDT (0245 GMT). After docking, the crew reported that the stuck array is now deployed.

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Bravo! Fine launch and docking.

Prazdravlyayu tovarishchs.

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