Thursday, September 26, 2013

ISS astronauts reach in just six hours - Spiegel Online

After nearly six hour flight, two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut reached the International Space Station. Their Soyuz spacecraft docked early Thursday morning at the outpost of humanity.

Oleg Kotov, Sergei Ryazansky and Michael Hopkins to remain five months in space. On the space station in around 400 kilometers above worked since 10 September only three astronauts: the American woman Karen Nyberg, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikin


It was only the third Express flight of a manned Soyuz – this makes possible a new navigation technique that requires only four times around the world. Previously the journey to the space station took almost two days.

Another missile, meanwhile, has problems reaching the ISS: The navigation of an unmanned Cygnus capsule is compromised due to software errors. Actually built by the U.S. company Orbital Sciences capsule should already 22 September dock with the ISS. Since Dockvorgängen between the ISS must be at least 48 hours, the capsule may invest earlier on Saturday at the space station.


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