Wednesday, October 10, 2007

KL, we have a liftoff.

Juz a simple update, from time of posting the Soyuz spacecraft has juz been launched 10 minutes ago. Let's juz say that it's not that much of a glorious moment afterall...

NASA's page on Expedition 16

That guy was on the cam for a while, den it was all Commander Peggy. Aiks, space flight participant... I tot he is going to conduct some kind of experiment on cancer cells in zero gravity? Not approved eh? Hahaha the commentator said that he's up for a 'commercial visit'. Doesn't exactly noe wut it means but I'm sure it's something simple...

But why huh? Why he ain't no astronaut? Tak begitu layak kot...

Hope that he can reach ISS without any difficulties...

Expedition 16 in Orbit, Heads to Station

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are in orbit and on their way to the International Space Station. Their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday at 9:22 a.m. EDT and entered orbit less than 10 minutes later. They will dock to the Earth-facing port of the station’s Zarya module on Friday about 10:52 a.m.

Expedition 16 launch; View inside Soyuz spacecraft Image above: The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft launches on time from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Image at bottom: Peggy Whitson (upper right) and Yuri Malenchenko are pictured inside the Soyuz during the climb to orbit. Credit: NASA TV

The Expedition 15 crew has been busy readying the station as they prepare to greet their replacements and Malaysian guest. Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov set up a work space in the Zvezda service module that will allow the visiting Shukor to perform several experiments over nine days. Flight Engineer Clay Anderson also resized U.S. spacesuits for Whitson and Malenchenko for an upcoming spacewalk. The current station crew also held space-to-ground teleconferences with their Expedition 16 counterparts to assist with handover activities.

Yurchikhin and Kotov are scheduled to leave the station on Oct. 21 officially ending the Expedition 15 increment. Shukor will go home with the two cosmonauts. Anderson will remain onboard with Expedition 16 and return to Earth next month aboard Discovery on its STS-120 mission.

Hrmm... Maybe he does get to do some experiments afterall... Not wasted!!!

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