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October 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Russians and an American took off aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, breaking a nearly 30-year tradition of having at least one crewman with previous experience in piloting the capsule. Russians Salizhan Sharipov and Yuri Shargin and American Leroy Chiao are to dock with the International Space Station two days after the launch. Chiao and Sharipov both have flown U.S. space shuttles; Shargin is a space rookie.
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WORLD
October 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Russians and an American took off aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, breaking a nearly 30-year tradition of having at least one crewman with previous experience in piloting the capsule. Russians Salizhan Sharipov and Yuri Shargin and American Leroy Chiao are to dock with the International Space Station two days after the launch. Chiao and Sharipov both have flown U.S. space shuttles; Shargin is a space rookie.
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SCIENCE
October 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The next space tourist is set to visit the International Space Station in March, officials with the company that brokered the trip said Thursday. Charles Simonyi, who made his fortune helping to design Microsoft software, is set to launch March 9 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, according to Space Adventures Ltd., which arranged the trip for $20 million to $25 million through Russia's space agency.
SCIENCE
August 20, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev on Tuesday broke the record for the most time spent in space. Krikalev, who is scheduled to remain aboard the International Space Station until October, passed the previous record of 747 days, 14 hours, held by fellow Russian Sergei Avdeyev. Krikalev's 20-year career has included stints on the Soviet Mir space station, U.S. space shuttle and Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
WORLD
April 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Soyuz spacecraft docked with the international space station to deliver a fresh crew, two days after it blasted off from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Russian commander Gennady Padalka and American flight engineer Michael Fincke will stay for six months to maintain the outpost, whose assembly has been on hold since the U.S. shuttle Columbia broke up on Feb. 1, 2003. Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers will return to Earth after nine days of experiments for the European Space Agency.
NEWS
March 13, 1986
The Soviet Union announced it will launch two cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft today, and it said the liftoff will be telecast live from the Baikonur Space Center in Soviet Central Asia. A Soviet space official said that Leonid Kizim and Vladimir Solovyov are to travel aboard their Soyuz T-15 craft to the orbiting Mir space station, which was sent up Feb. 20.
NATIONAL
September 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Since long before leaving her native Iran as a teenager in 1984, Anousheh Ansari stared at the stars and dreamed of traveling closer to them. Now at age 40, this wealthy Dallas businesswoman will become the first female space tourist on a Soyuz spacecraft that is scheduled to lift off Monday.
NEWS
June 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Soviet Union said that it launched an unmanned spacecraft to ferry equipment, food and drinking water to cosmonauts stranded since February in the orbiting Mir space station. A special Kristall module, aboard a Proton rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome, is scheduled to dock with Mir on June 6, the official Tass news agency said. Insulation on a Soyuz spacecraft carrying cosmonauts Anatoly Solovyov and Alexander Balandin to Mir was damaged during its launch Feb. 11.
NEWS
August 29, 1988
An Afghan cosmonaut and two Soviet crew mates blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to join two Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Mir orbiting space station. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft was televised live from Soviet Central Asia. Veteran Soviet space traveler Col. Vladimir Lyakov, Afghan pilot Abdul Ahad Mohammed and Soviet physician Valery Palyakov are scheduled to rendezvous with Mir to join the crew of Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov, in space since last December.
NEWS
May 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Two cosmonauts aboard the Soviet Union's orbiting Mir space station have been without a reliable means of returning to Earth since February, an industry journal reported today. Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine, quoting a visiting Soviet cosmonaut, said the Soyuz spacecraft that carried the cosmonauts to the space station was damaged during its launch Feb. 11, leaving the two men without a reliable means of returning to Earth.
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