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Astronauts Get Two Christmases in Space

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Christmas comes twice to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station this year as the multi-nation crew celebrates the traditional Dec. 25 holiday as well as Russian Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7.

Current station commander Jeff Williams of NASA is leading a crew of five, including Russian cosmonauts Maxim Suraev and Oleg Kotov, Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and American spaceflyer Timothy "T.J." Creamer.

Kotov, Noguchi and Creamer arrived just recently, docking at the station aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft on Tuesday.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/09

PY4MAB – Sat, 2009 – 12 – 26 07:33

New Crew Arrives at Space Station

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Three new spaceflyers arrived at the International Space Station Tuesday wearing Christmas hats and bearing holiday cheer.

NASA astronaut Timothy (T.J.) Creamer, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi launched Sunday, and arrived at the space laboratory at 5:48 p.m. EDT (2248 GMT), and opened the hatches between the two craft at 7:30 p.m. EST (0030 GMT Wednesday).

Kotov floated onto the station wearing a red Santa hat and carrying a small Christmas tree, while Noguchi floated in after him in a matching hat, with a white sack of presents hung over his shoulder. Creamer wore an elf hat (complete with pointy ears) and elf shoes.

PY4MAB – Wed, 2009 – 12 – 23 06:38

ESA and CNES to Fly Atomic Clock to ISS Columbus Module

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The French space agency (CNES) and ESA have signed an agreement that paves the way for the launch of a high-accuracy atomic clock to be attached to the outside of the European Columbus laboratory onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The PHARAO (Projet d'Horloge Atomique par Refroidissement d'Atomes en Orbite) atomic clock, which will be combined with another atomic clock, the Space Hydrogen Maser (SHM), to form ESA's Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space (ACES), will have an accuracy of 1x10-16, corresponding to a time error of about one second over 300 million years.

This new generation of atomic clocks in space will be instrumental in enabling accurate testing of Einstein's theory of general relativity. In addition, it will contribute to the accuracy and long-term stability of global timescales, such as Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). A dedicated microwave link will send the timing signal to the ground.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2009 – 12 – 22 06:52

Crew Lifts Off From Kazakhstan to Begin Science and Construction Work Aboard the International Space Station

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NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi safely launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station on Sunday. Liftoff occurred at 3:52 p.m. CST from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The three Soyuz crew members are scheduled to dock with their new home at 4:58 p.m., Tuesday. They will join Expedition 22 crew members Jeff Williams, a NASA astronaut and the station commander, and Max Suraev, a Russian cosmonaut and station flight engineer, aboard the orbiting laboratory.

The station's five residents have some busy months ahead. Kotov and Suraev will conduct a planned spacewalk in January from the Pirs airlock, part of the station's Russian segment. Less than a week later, Williams and Suraev will fly the Soyuz spacecraft that brought them to the station from its current location on the end of the outpost's Zvezda service module to the new Poisk module. In February, the crew will welcome a Progress unmanned resupply ship and space shuttle Endeavour's STS-130 mission. Endeavour and its crew will deliver the new Tranquility node and its cupola, one of the last major portions of the station to be installed.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2009 – 12 – 22 06:51

Hark, NASA Heralds Season's Greetings Exchange With Space Station Crew

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Season's greetings will be offered by International Space Station Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Max Suraev in a special video message airing this week on NASA Television and the NASA Web site.

The greetings are part of the daily NASA Video File beginning at noon EST weekdays. For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

The public also is invited to send personal holiday greetings to the station crew using the NASA Web site or Twitter. To send a personalized message to the crew via the Web, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

PY4MAB – Tue, 2009 – 12 – 22 06:49

New Crew Poised to Launch to Space Station

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A Russian cosmonaut doctor, a veteran Japanese astronaut and a rookie American spaceflyer are poised to blast off Sunday for the International Space Station.

The three spaceflyers are slated to launch Dec. 20 at 4:51 p.m. EDT (2151 GMT) on the Russian Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They will spend about two days catching up to the space station, where they plan to dock Tuesday.

The trio will join space station Expedition 22 commander Jeff Williams, a NASA astronaut, and flight engineer Maxim Suraev, a Russian cosmonaut, onboard the station. Williams and Suraev have been in space since October, and have been the only two people aboard the orbiting laboratory since Dec. 1.

PY4MAB – Sat, 2009 – 12 – 19 05:51

Hark, NASA Heralds Season's Greetings Exchange With Space Station Crew

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Season's greetings will be offered by International Space Station Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Max Suraev in a special video message airing this week on NASA Television and the NASA Web site.

The greetings are part of the daily NASA Video File beginning at noon EST weekdays. For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

The public also is invited to send personal holiday greetings to the station crew using the NASA Web site or Twitter. To send a personalized message to the crew via the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov

PY4MAB – Thu, 2009 – 12 – 17 12:15

Space Junk Buzzes Station as Astronauts Sleep

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A small chunk of space trash made an uncomfortably close pass by the International Space Station late Friday, but not close enough to force the astronauts aboard to take shelter in their Russian lifeboats.

NASA's Mission Control woke the six astronauts on the station from their sleep late Friday as the space debris approached, but ultimately decided not to send the crew into their Soyuz spacecraft to ride out the orbital trash's near miss. The astronauts were told they could go back to sleep.

"Sorry we had to do it that way, and we had to wake you up in the middle of the night," the station's Russian Mission Control radioed the crew. The debris was expected to fly within 1,640 feet (500 meters) of the orbiting laboratory Friday night at 10:48 p.m. EST (0348 Saturday GMT).

PY4MAB – Mon, 2009 – 11 – 09 06:21

Tweetup With Space Station Crew Cut Short by False Alarm

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NASA's first live tweet-up between the public and astronauts in space was cut short Wednesday by a false alarm on the International Space Station.

The station's two resident Twitterers - Nicole Stott and Jeff Williams - were mid-way through a live interview with a group of their Twitter followers gathered at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., when they were interrupted by a loud beeping.

"Excuse us just a second," Williams said as he and Stott scrambled to check their consoles to investigate the source of the alarm. Soon after, the station passed out of communications range with ground stations, ending the live video link with the two astronauts.

PY4MAB – Thu, 2009 – 10 – 22 08:26

Billionaire Clown Lands After Space Mission

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The first clown in space landed safely on Earth early Sunday, capping off a mission to spread awareness about water conservation.

Guy Laliberte, a Canadian billionaire and founder of the circus troupe Cirque du Soleil, touched down on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 12:32 a.m. EDT (1632 GMT) after an 11-day space jaunt. He rode in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft along with two professional spaceflyers returning from six-month stays aboard the International Space Station.

The trio closed the hatches between their Soyuz TMA-14 and the orbiting laboratory at 6:06 p.m. EDT (2206 GMT) and undocked at 9:07 p.m. EDT (0107 GMT Sunday), after saying farewell to their crewmates still onboard the station.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2009 – 10 – 13 07:17
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