[sarex] Expedition 16 Ready for Launch
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*Expedition 16 Ready for Launch*
9 October 2007
The Soyuz rocket that will launch Expedition 16 to the International
Space Station was placed at its launch pad over the weekend. Commander
Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and spaceflight
participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor will launch from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome Wednesday at 9:22 a.m. EDT. Two days later the Soyuz TMA-11
vehicle carrying the new crew will dock to the Earth-facing port of the
station’s Zarya module.
Image above: The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to
its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007 for
launch Oct. 10. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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The Expedition 15 crew continues readying the station for its new
residents. Flight Engineeer Clay Anderson has been resizing U.S.
spacesuits for Whitson and Malenchenko. Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and
Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov set up a work space in the Zvezda service
module that will allow the visiting Shukor to perform several
experiments over nine days. The current station crew has also been
holding space-to-ground teleconferences with Expedition 16 to assist
with handover activities.
Yurchikhin and Kotov are scheduled to leave the station on Oct. 21
officially ending the Expedition 15 increment. Shukor will go home with
the two cosmonauts. Anderson will remain onboard with Expedition 16 and
return to Earth next month aboard Discovery on its STS-120 mssion.
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