Feeds

ISS gets Soyuz visitors for the holidays

Space Station preps for construction job

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Three fresh crew members for the International Space Station blasted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday to staff an orbital construction team over the holidays.

NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi launched at 5:52 pm ET (10:52 pm GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They're expected to reach the ISS on December 23.

"Everything's fine onboard the vehicle. Everybody feels great, no problems, no issues," flight commander Kotov radioed in after blastoff.

The three will join fellow Expedition 22 crew members, Maxim Surayev and Jeffrey Williams, who have been the only two (humans) aboard the orbiting outpost since early this month. Kotov, Noguchi, and Creamer are scheduled to stay aboard the ISS until May 2010.

The Expedition 22 crew has a busy 161 days in space scheduled ahead, which includes docking two Russian spacecraft, three US shuttles, and performing one spacewalk. In January, Suraev and Williams will fly the Soyuz spacecraft that brought them to station from its current spot at the end of the ISS's Zvezda module to the Poisk module. Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to arrive in February carrying the Tranquility module and Cupola observatory/robo-control room.

Expedition 23 begins with the Soyuz TMA-16 undocking in March 2010 and Kotov taking over the helm as commander. Three new crew members will arrive shortly after on another Soyuz spacecraft. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins
Robo-sub scans freezing waters, rocks warming models
Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU
Doctors find new Digitillnesses - 'text neck' and 'telepressure'
Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs
And a floating carrier for recyclable rockets
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray
Want to arm that shark? Better get in there quick
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
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?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.