Russian Soyuz Rocket Ready For Lift-Off | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.23.16

Airborne 05.24.16

Airborne 05.25.16

Airborne 05.26.16

Airborne 05.27.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 05.23.16

Airborne 05.24.16

Airborne 05.25.16

Airborne 05.26.16

Airborne 05.27.16

AEA2016 LIVE Aero-TV: 04/27-0830ET, 04/28-1400ET, 04/29-1100ET

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Sat, Apr 26, 2003

Russian Soyuz Rocket Ready For Lift-Off

Lu Remembers Columbia

When American astronaut Edward Lu climbs on board the International Space Station for a six-month stay, he'll be thinking about the last American crew to launch into space. He calls it a tribute to the seven astronauts who died Feb. 1 aboard the shuttle Columbia.

"We are doing what I think they would have wanted and what their families would have wanted us to do - continue the process of flying into space," Lu said.

"This is a very important flight because of the fact that we are the first ones after STS-107,” he said at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazhikstan Friday. “They accomplished their mission, but they never completed it. In fact, one of the things I’m going to do during the launch is I’m going to wear an STS-107 patch here on my sleeve in their honor, and we’ll be thinking about them during the lift-off and during the flight.”

He was speaking one day before lifting off from the in a Soyuz TMA-2 capsule which will rendesvous with the ISS Monday afternoon. Lu, 39, and his mission commander, Russian Col. Yuri Malenchenko, 41, will spend six months alone on the ISS after they relieve U.S. station commander Ken Bowersox, flight engineer Donald Pettit and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin. That trio has been in space an extra month because, in the wake of the Columbia disaster, all space shuttles have been grounded.

Good Friends, Close Quarters

Lu and Malenchenko have teamed up before. They flew to the ISS in 2000, making it ready for permanent habitation. They even performed a six-hour long spacewalk together.

It's a good thing they're such close friends. The third astronaut slated for ISS Mission 7, Russian Alexander Kaleri, was bumped from the flight to conserve expendables like food and water. Fewer astronauts on board means fewer resupply flights. As a result, Mission 7 has been reduced to a maintenance and habitation mission. Lu and Malenchenko are going up to keep the lights on and fix whatever breaks.

"But we still have an important mission and we are well prepared," said Col. Malenchenko.

Referring to the ill-fated crew of Columbia, Dr. Lu said, "We'll be thinking about them during the flight up and on the way down."

FMI: www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/station

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 05.27.16: More MH370 Debris, Airport 4 Sale, Hurricane Hunters

Also: PWC PW307D, Icon Scandal, Memorial Day, IASO, Nat'l Warplane Museum, Gogo Cloud, Orbital ATK, Honor Flight Austin The Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, D>[...]

Bill Gordon Lost In Hudson River P-47 Ditching

Despite What Appeared To Be A Decent Ditching Effort, An Outstanding Pilot Was Lost The airshow community has suffered its second tragedy in nearly as many weeks. Long-time warbird>[...]

TrainingPort.net Partners With AeroEx To Offer Online Training For NCC Operators

European Business Aircraft Operators Must Comply With New EASA Air Operations Covering Non-Commercial Flights By August 2016 TrainingPort.net has announced that it is partnering wi>[...]

Hawk Lead-In Fighter Fleet Reaches 100,000 Flying Hours

Aircraft Entered Service In 2001 The Australian Hawk 127 Lead-In fighter fleet has achieved 100,000 flying hours since entering service in 2001.>[...]

Frasca Flight Simulator To Be Used In Georgia Tech Research Study

Mentor AATD Will Be Configured To Simulate A Cessna 172 The Georgia Institute of Technology, (also known as Georgia Tech) Atlanta, has contracted with Frasca International, Inc. to>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC