Feeds

New crew pursue ISS

Baikonur blast-off for Expedition 24

Remote control for virtualized desktops

The trio of International Space Station Expedition 24 flight engineers blasted off yesterday at 21:35 GMT from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

On board for the Soyuz TMA-19 launch were NASA astronauts Shannon Walker and Doug Wheelock and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, who'll all spend five-and-a-half months aboard the orbiting outpost.

Their stay begins tomorrow (Thursday) when the Soyuz docks with the station's Zvezda service module at 22:25 GMT. They'll be welcomed aboard by fellow Expedition 24 crew members commander Alexander Skvortsov, and flight engineers Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Mikhail Kornienko.

Walker, 45, is a space rookie. The graduate of Rice University is apparently "the first native Houstonian to be named an astronaut".

Wheelock, 50, a US Army colonel, is on his second trip to the ISS. He previously visited aboard space shuttle Discovery in 2007 on its STS-120 mission.

Yurchikhin, 51, is an ISS vet. This is his third trip into space and his second long-duration stay aboard the station. In October 2002, he was aboard space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-112 mission to the station, and he also spent six months aloft as 2007 Expedition 15 commander.

Walker, Wheelock and Yurchikhin will in September become the Expedition 25 team when Dyson, Kornienko and Skvortsov return to terra firma aboard the Soyuz TMA-18 which lifted them skywards on 4 April. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray
Want to arm that shark? Better get in there quick
Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers
Windmills, solar, tidal - all a 'false hope', say Stanford PhDs
SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS
Boffin: 'I think the behaviour is increasing in frequency'
Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs
And a floating carrier for recyclable rockets
The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS
Your brother's gonna die, kid, unless we can give him your, well ...
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
Simon's says quantum computing will work
Boffins blast algorithm with half a dozen qubits
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
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?
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.