ISS News: October 2004 Archives

A press telecon was held today with NASA Space Operations Mission Directorate Associate Administrator William Readdy, Deputy AA Michael Kostelnik, and Walter Cantrell who is co-chair with Readdy of the Space Flight Leadership Council. No one at NASA said that there was a specific plan in place to dramatically reduce the number of shuttle flights (as has been suggested by some in the Kerry campaign). Many options are being studied. Indeed, some options under study look at the possibility of more than 28 flights - perhaps beyond 2010.

28 October 2004: NASA mulls early retirement for space shuttle, MSNBC

"The senior space policy expert said he had also been told of the studies by a current NASA official and that the studies were showing that NASA could get "a good final configuration with twelve more [space shuttle] flights." In this scenario, according to the expert's source, the shuttle would be used to install all planned pressurized modules but leave off the long trusses and most of the additional solar arrays. Items such as the Centrifuge Accommodation Facility and the much-vaunted Cupola viewing module would get left permanently back on Earth."

Expedition 9 Is Home

23 October 2004: Expedition 9 Returns to Earth

Image: Soyuz 8 spacecraft re-entering Earth's atmosphere as seen from the International Space Station.

The Expedition 9 crew - Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke - and Russian Space Forces Test Cosmonaut Yuri Shargin have returned to Earth. Landing occured without incident at 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 GMT).

19 October 2004: Transcript of a Interview with ISS Astronauts Fincke and Chiao

"Fincke: Well Keith, we are 225 miles closer to the stars. We are humanity's only outpost at this time. That is something very special. I made a few remarks the other day in a teleconference to an astronaut reunion. I had this question a little bit in mind saying "people - critics - say that we're not going anywhere." Well sure we are. We're building up a lot of experience - and we can't get this experience anywhere else - experience so that we can really go to places - to the moon and to Mars. And on this expedition we showed it."

New Crew Arrives at Space StationNew Crew Arrives at Space Station, NASA

" The Soyuz spacecraft with the 10th International Space Station crew, Astronaut Leroy Chiao and Cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov, docked to the orbiting laboratory at 12:16 a.m. EDT Saturday."

"Sharipov guided the Soyuz to a manual docking after the automated Kurs rendezvous system failed. The crew had trained extensively for manual approach, and the docking proceeded without incident."

13 October 2004: Expedition 10 Launches, Heads to Space Station

"The International Space Station's next crew, Expedition 10 , is on its way. The ISS Soyuz 9 spacecraft carrying Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 10:06 p.m. CDT Wednesday (0306 GMT Thursday). After a two-day chase, the Soyuz will dock with the Station at 11:25 p.m. CDT Friday (0425 GMT Saturday), beginning Expedition 10's six-month stay at the orbital outpost."



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