Feeds

Space tourist, ISS crew land safely

But the pesky oxygen generator is on the blink again

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Anousheh Ansari, the first female space tourist, has touched down safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan along with the out going crew of the International Space Station, astronaut Jeff Williams and cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov.

The ISS crew will now spend several weeks in Star City near Moscow for debriefing and medical examinations. After six months aboard the space station, the return to living in full Earth gravity is a shock to the system, and the crew needs time to recover.

Ansari, meanwhile, was only in space for ten days, so her recovery will be that much faster. On her return to Earth, she was given a bunch of red roses by an official, and a kiss from her husband, Hamid, the BBC reports.

She said the ten days in space had been "magnificent" and that she hoped to return to space one day "soon".

The new crew of the space station, Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria, Mikhail Tyurin and ESA's Thomas Reiter, is having trouble with the Elektron oxygen generator. This should not come as any surprise to regular readers. The ISS's flaky oxygen generators have provided much grist for El Reg's story mill.

NASA reports that the device malfunctioned shortly after Atlantis left, and that the new crew have replaced a major component. It was switched on on 16 September and worked for about three hours before breaking down.

Further troubleshooting is planned, NASA says. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universe
Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER
Forget Sudoku, crunch SHA-256 algos
SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...
Craft berths at space station with supplies, experiments, toys
NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'
Joins 'traffic light' and perfect stony sphere on the Red Planet
'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault
Tooth embedded in thigh bone may tell who pulled the trigger
Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER
That's right, Doris, I've got biggest snout in the prehistoric world
DOLPHINS SMELL MAGNETS – did we hear that right, boffins?
Xavier's School for Gifted Magnetotaceans
Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead
Hopes fade of finding survivors on Mount Ontake
That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN
One MEELLION years older. Some of it anyway
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.