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Soyuz crew returns safely to Earth, despite radio problems

One of the two three-man crews on ISS have returned safely to Earth, despite an unexpected communciations blackout during their descent.

In related news, the Russians have slightly delayed the launch dates for the next manned flights to ISS, which also means that the next test flight of Falcon 9/Dragon will have to be delayed until 2012. Moreover, the Russians are once again balking at allowing Dragon to dock with ISS on this first flight.

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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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3 comments

  • Chris Kirkendall

    HUH??? Am I missing something?? Since when does RUSSIA get to dictate who can or can’t dock at the ISS? It’s called the INTERNATIONAL Space Station, not the Republic of Russia station. I’m open to hearing anyone’s explanation – as I said, maybe I’m missing something…

  • Joe2

    If you have the only crewed vehicle that can reach the ISS, you’d be suprised what you can dictate.

    On a more sreious note, does anyone have details on how this communications blackout differs from the expected ones during peak heating on re-entry? From the news accounts I have not been able to tell.

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Joe2 – you may be right about that. After making my comment, I was thinking, well, what can we really do about it, since we’re now going to have to rely on Soyuz to get our astronauts up there? They’re kind of in the driver’s seat right now. And they stand to lose a lot of $$ once we have a home-grown commercial co. (SpaceX & others…) who can do it – and probably cheaper to boot. So I’m sure they’re in no hurry to help us do that ! !

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