Russian Soyuz Capsule Successfully Launches to ISS After Rocket Troubles
November 14, 2011 9:59 AM
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Despite a snowy morning, the Soyuz TMA-22 launches successfully
The Soyuz TMA-22 launch also marks the first flight of a NASA astronaut since the retirement of the 30-year space shuttle program, which ended in July
A Russian Soyuz capsule launched successfully into orbit Monday on a mission to the International Space Station.
The Soyuz TMA-22 is carrying a three-man crew, consisting of Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin as well as NASA astronaut Dan Burbank.
The successful launch from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was a relief after a recent failure had postponed the launch for two months. On August 24, an
unmanned Progress cargo ship crashed
on its way to the International Space Station. The failed rocket was the same type used on the Soyuz, and it forced the Russians to take another look at the safety of the Soyuz rocket model used for manned missions.
Russia's space agency determined that the Soyuz rocket failure was an isolated incident and not a major problem with the model. According to the space agency, a fuel pipe blockage caused the crash.
But that isn't the only space-related failure Russia has had to deal with lately. On November 8, the $165 million Phobos-Grunt probe, which launched from Baikonur and was to make its way to the Martian moon Phobos, got stuck in Earth's orbit. It is expected to burn up by November 26 unless it can be reactivated.
Despite these above-mentioned troubles and snowy weather conditions, the Soyuz TMA-22 made a successful launch. It is expected to with the
International Space Station
on November 16. The three current ISS crewmembers, which include station commander Mike Fossum of NASA, Russia's Sergei Volkov, and Japan's Satoshi Furukawa, will return home on another Soyuz craft on November 22.
The Soyuz TMA-22 launch also marks the first flight of a NASA astronaut since the retirement of the 30-year space shuttle program,
which ended in July
. This has left Russia in charge of ferrying crews to the International Space Station. But NASA is looking to obtain
to help private companies create new spacecraft before the end of 2016.
While Russia may have a monopoly on the ferrying of astronauts for now,
has said that the country's space program is "struggling" and that the combination of obsolete technology and equipment purchased from other countries is the source of the problem.
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RE: It's only temporary...
11/15/2011 12:18:39 AM
I don't care. I never thought I would see the day where we had to pay the goddamn Russians to fly us into space. This is a dark mark on our nation and a huge step backwards. We never should have retired the Shuttle without a viable replacement, end of discussion.
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