Saturday, September 12, 2015

Soyuz TMA-16M: Descent capsule with crew of three cosmonauts begins re-entry. (... landed in a designated area in Kazakhstan)

The manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-16M is entering the thick layers of the atmosphere, Mission Control told TASS. 

"The descent capsule has separated from the utility compartment and the equipment bay," Mission Control said.


Returning to earth are Russia’s Gennady Padalka, Kazakhstan’s Aidyn Aimbetov and Denmark’s Andreas Mogensen.

According to Mission Control’s ballistic service the capsule’s touch-down is expected at 03:51 146 kilometers southeast of Dzhezkazgan, in Kazakhstan.
  [tass.ru]
12/9/15
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  • A Soyuz landing capsule with three International Space Station crew members has successfully landed in a designated area in Kazakhstan.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A Soyuz landing capsule with Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Kazakh cosmonaut Aydin Aimbetov has successfully landed in a designated area in Kazakhstan, a representative of the Russian Mission Control Center said early on Saturday.

"The capsule landed 146 kilometers [about 90 miles] southeast of the city of Jezkazgan in Karaganda Region in the Republic of Kazakhstan," the representative told RIA Novosti, adding that all three crewmembers from the International Space Station (ISS) are feeling "fine" and will be flown to Moscow after they are examined by medical specialists.

The landing of the Soyuz capsule took place at around 03:52 Moscow time (00:52 GMT) on Saturday.

Padalka has thus beat a world record in combined flight duration set by Russian cosmonaut Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev (Krikalyov).

Krikalev conducted a total of six space flights on board the Russian Mir space station and the ISS with their combined duration amounting to 803 days, 9 hours and 41 minutes.

Padalka’s combined space flight duration now stands at 877 days.

Padalka completed his first space flight in 1999 as commander of the Soyuz TM-28 mission to the Mir space station.

This year, Padalka departed for the ISS on March 27 on board the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft along with cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Scott Kelly.

In July, a Soyuz spacecraft brought a backup crew of Russia’s Oleg Kononenko, Japan’s Kimiya Yui and NASA’s Kjell Lindgren to the ISS.

Kononenko, Kornienko, Kelly, Lindgren and Yui remain on the ISS, along with Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, who arrived at the space station together with Mogensen and Aimbetov earlier this month.

European Space Agency (ESA) flight engineer Andreas Mogensen became Denmark’s first ever astronaut.

The ISS program is a joint project among five participating space agencies: the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Russia’s Roscosmos, the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
 http://sptnkne.ws/HTX
12/9/15 

2 comments:

  1. The evacuation of three crew members of the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft’s descent capsule has begun, Mission Control near Moscow told TASS...

    "Rescue workers have opened the hatch and are helping the men out," a Mission Control spokesman said.

    The evacuation process is being telecast to the TV screen in Mission Control’s main room.

    The three cosmonauts - Russia’s Gennady Padalka, Kazakhstan’s Aidyn Aimbetov and Denmark’s Andreas Mogensen - will first undergo a brief medical check and then be flown to Kazakhstan’s capital Astana for a special meeting with Kazakhstan’s leadership. Aimbetov is independent Kazakhstan’s first man in space.
    TASS

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  2. Atterrissage réussi: une capsule Soyouz ramène trois astronautes sur Terre...

    Le Russe Guennadi Padalka, 57 ans, a décroché un record de présence dans l'espace.

    La capsule du vaisseau russe Soyouz TMA-16M transportant le "recordman" de l’espace Guennadi Padalka (Russie), le premier cosmonaute kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov, et Andreas Mogensen, de l'Agence spatiale européenne (ESA), a atterri dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi au Kazakhstan près du lieu prévu, a annoncé un représentant du Centre russe de contrôle des vols (TsOuP).

    "Atterrissage réussi! La capsule a atterri à 146 km au sud-est de la ville kazakhe de Jezqazghan, dans la région de Karaganda", a fait savoir la source.

    Environ 200 soldats, 14 hélicoptères russes Mi-8 avec des équipements spéciaux, quatre avions An-12 et An-26 ainsi que 15 matériels, dont trois véhicules d’évacuation, ont pris part aux recherches.

    Guennadi Padalka, 57 ans, qui était à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) depuis mars dernier et totalise 877 jours dans l'espace au terme de sa mission, établit ainsi un record de durée. Il "bat" celui de Sergueï Krikalev, qui en six vols spatiaux avait travaillé en orbite 803 jours, 9 heures et 41 minutes.
    http://sptnkne.ws/HUF


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