Skip to comments.Three men ready to fly their Soyuz capsule to space (launch 23:14 EST)
Posted on 11/13/2011 8:15:05 PM PST by NonValueAdded
After exhaustive work to recover from a dramatic August launch failure, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut was poised for blastoff late Sunday on a delayed flight to the International Space Station, the program's first manned launching since the U.S. shuttle was retired.
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Looks like it ... mama mia!
How depressing that our astronauts have to hitch a ride with the Russians.
OMG it is snowing!
booster jettison, all parameters nominal
Space flight is cool. Even with an old Soyuz.
Those rockets look the same as they did 30+ years ago.
3rd stage activated ... interesting view out their window.
We could do that here, without interference from those that are here to protect us. And fleece us.
Like it never snows on there. Is winter, tovarich. Rockets must launch. Engineer stupid cold weather into design.
And they do a darn good job of it.
3rd stage sep ... crew has reached orbit
da, makes sense. Just so strange to see after all the launch weather angst here in Florida each flight
launch temp 24 degrees (assume F as it was the Americanski reporter)
That's funny. Our premier heavy sub-sonic bomber (B-52) looks the same as it did 50 years ago (plus/minus some bumps and humps).
When you figure out the correct engineering solution, stick with it.
I hate that it's not us, but cudo's to the engineers that did it.
What is a Soyuz? It’s a capsule,isn’t it? Didn’t the American astronaut who went to space with the Russians come back to Earth in one? I remember seeing one of our astronauts being pulled out of some type of capsule.
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Two US guys came down in a Soyuz (along with the Russian Cmdr) some months after the Columbia burned up, and the STS was grounded, yet again.
I’ve never heard of a Soyuz until now. I looked it up on Wkipedia.I saw an image of one coming down over land,with a parachute attatched to it.
If it ain’t broke....
Soyuz is both the booster type and capsule.
You just have to have faith. And luck. And bulldog determination.
I'm sure that several bars in kamchatka are rocking and rolling tonight. I would be, were I there, and part of the team. ;)
It looks like it would be pretty cramped,especially when coming back down to earth.
I can’t imagine being in space. I wonder what that would be like. From what I understand the heart shrinks. Sounds safe enough...
Russians do like to drink,don’t they?
Oy! you missed the '60s and '70s?
I can draw components of it, given a quadrille pad and mechanical pencil.
Yuri established a custom on his way out to the rocket, before he was the first human to orbit earth... He stopped to pee on the right rear wheel of the bus that was transporting him. Even American astronauts do today, when they fly Soyuz.
And never forget Alan Shepard's prayer aka astronaut's prayer.... "Dear Lord, don't let me f--- up".
Rich history, there, in history. If you study it.
I was born in 1976. Is it good that I missed the 70’s?
It’s not Kamchatka but Baikonur, Kazakhstan where they launch the rockets!
If they were on the same inclination as the Mars-Grunt satellite that’s stranded in LEO they could get out and kick its tires to get it going again!
And you never had to own a polyester leisure suit. Be thankful for small favors. But do try to study history. Even the local, recent stuff. Say, from 200 BC to now. It can be technically facinating to see where our world came from.
I’m somewhat familiar with the 60’s and the 70’s,the latter being the decade I’m the most fascinated with.
What was Nixon’s “Checker Speech” about?
I knew he had a dog named Checkers. I was wondering why his speech shared his dog’s name.
BTW wasn’t it in black and white?
When did the nordlanders begin using very long sticks with pointy ends (century is good enough)?
Which Russian Tsar came to the east to europe to learn shipbuilding?
What language was spoken in Israel in 2 BC? Besides latin?
We can go on. I was there for some of it. But not all of it. I'm not that old. Yet. ;)
I was watching on a TV built from a kit, from a mail-order electronics school. EVERYTHING was black and white on television back then for poor folk.
But the real world? It was rich in color, and smells and tastes. And young, pretty girls. ;)
I was stupid then, as that is the curse of the young.
Baikonur is leased by the Russians from the Kazakhs. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the space program encountered severe financial difficulties but its now back on track.
I didn’t miss the Seventies technically,but I obviously don’t remember anything. I was all of 3 when Carter was President. I know that there was an energy crisis and that gas was scarce,along with the fact that you couldn’t get gas whenever you wanted,with the odd-and-even day fill-up. How did they determine who went on the odd days and the even days? Carter did a really dumb thing with the introduction of the metric system. Didn’t he also allow 1000’s of Cubans from Castro’s jails into the U.S.?
Weren’t a lot of people high on coke in the Seventies? I know it was quite popular with the rich people.
Obama is far worse than the peanut farmer,isn’t he?
Isn’t Polyester flammable?
LOL.You were there for some of it.
Wasn’t Aramaic spoken during that time?
In my sister’s history book there’s a photo of Nixon getting into the helicopter with his arms extended and flashing the peace sign. I love the grin on his face.
But the peanut farmer was really bad.
Obama's explicit agenda is to cut America down to size. Carter wanted America to be great, but didn't have a clue how to go about it.