Monday, October 31, 2011

Next Station Crew Travels To Launch Site

The next crew of the International Space Station arrived at a central Asian spaceport today in advance of a planned Nov. 13 launch toward the orbiting outpost.

U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank and two Russian cosmonauts -- Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov -- departed the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow earlier today and flew to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

"We've been looking forward to this day for a long time," Ivanishin told reporters prior to their departure from the Star City training facility.

The three will be the first to launch on a Soyuz FG rocket since a similar vehicle -- the Soyuz U rocket -- failed Aug. 24 during the ill-fated launch of a Russian Progress cargo carrier. A third-stage engine shutdown caused the failure. Both Soyuz rockets use the same third stage engine.

An investigatory commission blamed the failure on a contaminated propellant line. Fleetwide inspections of third stage engines were ordered. No problems were discovered, and a Soyuz U rocket propelled a Progress supply ship into orbit on Sunday.

The Progress is scheduled to arrive at the station at 7:40 a.m. EDT Wednesday. Live NASA TV coverage will be carried here in The Flame Trench starting at 7:15 a.m. that day. Click the NASA TV button on the right to activate our NASA TV viewer.

The Progress launch Sunday cleared the way for the launch of Burbank and his two cosmonaut colleagues at 11:14 p.m. Nov. 13. The three crewmates will spend the next two weeks making final preparations for a four-month expedition on the station. Thy are scheduled to arrive at the outpost on Nov. 16.

ABOUT THE IMAGE: Click to enlarge the NASA TV image of the departure of Dan Burbank (center), Anatoly Ivinishin (left) and Anton Shkaplerov (right) from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow.

1 comment:

charioteer said...

Total lies concerning man able to survive going to Mars. It would take a wall of water enveloping the spacecraft at least several meters thick, to protect the occupants from deadly cosmic rays.

Not to mention that it is an ongoing HEALTH HAZARD to anyone going into outer space. Why are we subjecting human beings to this madness? Oh yes, the "conquering of space, the final frontier" brainwashing of the 'baby boomers'...who are now in charge.

Doesn't it appear that all of NASA's posts are so glamorous and seeming well-intentioned? Think again. They have an agenda to militarize space with their warmongering technology, at the expense of our atmospheric envelope and all life that depends upon our 'ocean of air'.

At NASA's environmental cleanup page,, it says, "We take full responsibility for any problems caused by past practices and ensuring the protection of the environment and the health of the surrounding community."

That's all well and good, now what about the ongoing SOLID ROCKET FUEL program? Is this present technology ensuring the protection of the environment?

Here is the censored TRUTH of how NASA really salutes its veterans:

Float to space instead of rocketing there, and accomplish everything at a mere 25 miles altitude that was being done, 14X further, at 350 miles out.

Even the Space Station and Hubble Telescope would operate better at this altitude. Why? Because the highly toxic SOLID FUEL ROCKET BOOSTERS are left out of the equation.

Also, documentation of how Nazi turned into NASA, and still continues to wage war upon our environment.

What does HELEN CALDICOTT have to say about this ongoing insanity...endorsed by Obama?