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Russia: Expedition 35 - Cosmonauts to blast off to the International Space Station March 2901:10

Russia: Expedition 35 - Cosmonauts to blast off to the International Space Station March 29

Russian Federation, Star City
March 8, 2013 at 14:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Expedition 35 - Cosmonauts to blast off to the International Space Station March 29

Two Russians and one American will be heading to the International Space Station on March 29, it was announced at a press conference Thursday in Star City, Russia.

Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, along with NASA counterpart Christopher Cassidy, will take a six-hour ride from Kazakhstan in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to rendezvous with the ISS. Once there, they'll conduct a variety of experiments in the zero-gravity environment.

"We have a very big program with six months up there," explains Cassidy. "There's four Russian spacewalks, we'll have probably two U.S. spacewalks and many visiting vehicles delivering cargo will be arriving. I am personally involved in several medical experiments, particularly those associated with bone health and how to prevent bone loss."

Long as a six hour trip to arrive may seem to some, it's not a lot of time to hook up with the ISS.

"On our mission, it'll happen in a tight sequence of about six hours," says Cassidy. "We have periods of 45 minutes or so in between these maneuvers, where it's a little bit of a down time. But technically, that's how it's possible.We just have to launch. There's tighter constraints on where the space station can be on launch time. On a typical profile there's a little more leeway on where it can be at the time of launch."

Reaching the ISS usually takes much longer, Cassidy adds.

"Normally, we'll go to bed, you have a period of time on that second day where we just monitor the vehicle and do a few 'burns' we call them, to set us up for a rendezvous the next day."

The International Space Station is the largest human-made object in space. With a crew of up to six people, it is the ninth inhabited space station to orbit the earth. A joint project between Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency, its first section was launched in 1998. New sections have been added regularly ever since.

Russia: Expedition 35 - Cosmonauts to blast off to the International Space Station March 2901:10
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Russia: Expedition 35 - Cosmonauts to blast off to the International Space Station March 29

Two Russians and one American will be heading to the International Space Station on March 29, it was announced at a press conference Thursday in Star City, Russia.

Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, along with NASA counterpart Christopher Cassidy, will take a six-hour ride from Kazakhstan in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to rendezvous with the ISS. Once there, they'll conduct a variety of experiments in the zero-gravity environment.

"We have a very big program with six months up there," explains Cassidy. "There's four Russian spacewalks, we'll have probably two U.S. spacewalks and many visiting vehicles delivering cargo will be arriving. I am personally involved in several medical experiments, particularly those associated with bone health and how to prevent bone loss."

Long as a six hour trip to arrive may seem to some, it's not a lot of time to hook up with the ISS.

"On our mission, it'll happen in a tight sequence of about six hours," says Cassidy. "We have periods of 45 minutes or so in between these maneuvers, where it's a little bit of a down time. But technically, that's how it's possible.We just have to launch. There's tighter constraints on where the space station can be on launch time. On a typical profile there's a little more leeway on where it can be at the time of launch."

Reaching the ISS usually takes much longer, Cassidy adds.

"Normally, we'll go to bed, you have a period of time on that second day where we just monitor the vehicle and do a few 'burns' we call them, to set us up for a rendezvous the next day."

The International Space Station is the largest human-made object in space. With a crew of up to six people, it is the ninth inhabited space station to orbit the earth. A joint project between Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency, its first section was launched in 1998. New sections have been added regularly ever since.

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