I would love to be standing there with himENVY HURRAH Soyuz TMA 21 Gagarin!!!!"Gagarin" arrived at the International Space Station
Today, April 7, at 3:00 09 minutes 17 seconds MSK (April 6 at 23:09:17 GMT)
to the Research Module "Search" International Space Station in an automatic
mode, successfully docked with manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-21.
Russian ships to new crews arrive at the station four times a year.
Operations are perfected to the smallest detail.In the Mission Control Center
controlling motion of the ship every moment, dozens of specialists is not
taking his eyes off the monitor screens, watching the telemetry of the Union.
And yet here today - a special excitement. Arrived at the station is not
just a "Union" with the next crew to the ISS flew "Yuri Gagarin".
The proper name of a manned spacecraft launched from Baikonur on April 5, was
the first time. The Russian space industry is not a tradition to name ships,
such as in Europe, USA or Japan. And no wonder - Russia launches to the ISS 4
"Union" and 5 "Progress vehicles a year. It's more than all the other partners
But in the Year of the Russian space for the Soyuz TMA-21 ", the launch is
timed to the anniversary of the first manned flight, made an exception. On
the ship - a portrait of Yuri. Gagarin was back on the Earth's orbit. And he
will stay in space, not 108 minutes, and more than 170 days.
Comparing these figures, we can see how far the development has stepped in
50 years, manned space exploration. Huge orbital complex, lengthy expeditions,
large-scale scientific problems ... And most importantly - international
cooperation, unattainable in the distant 60's.
When the open hatches between the Soyuz TMA-21 and ISS, to working on the
station commander of the 27 th Expedition Dmitry Kondratyev, flight engineer
Catherine Coleman and Paolo Nespoli will join two astronauts Space Agency -
Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrei Borisenko - and NASA astronaut Ronald Garan.
Earth's orbit will be working three Russians, two Americans and an Italian.
Interestingly, all three Russian cosmonauts performed the first space flight.
Kondratyev, Samokutyaev and Borysenko, 50 years after the landmark space
mission of our compatriot represent their country in space.
" We will thus face, which will embody the theme of this festival 12 April we
will be on the ISS, we have it planned several conferences, held a teleconference
with TsUPami partners in the ISS program. Something is planned to publicize
the holiday with children from different countries. And we should understand
that for us it will be very exciting ... "- told in a preflight interview to the
press service of Russian Federal Space Agency spacecraft commander "Gagarin"
The commander of the International Space Station Dmitri Kondratiev in conversation
with the press service of Russian Federal Space Agency said that the astronauts are
on the "front line" in this moment - a great honor and responsibility.
" It is important to level the bar, given the flight of Gagarin, the first exit into
space Leonov, the creation of the first space station, support. We have always been
a leader in space exploration, and this status should remain.
Gagarin's flight - this is the beginning not only of a large segment of manned space
exploration in our country, but around the world. Big step for mankind as a whole.
Gagarin is now not even an idol, a symbol of the beginning of a new era. This, I believe,
correctly and fairly. Gagarin's name - the symbol of the conquest of space, a symbol
of that dream of flying hundreds of generations to our planet, the excesses are real,
achievable. And we see it now, it is very important "- said Dmitry Kondratyev.
At the same time, said Dmitri, the Day of Astronautics honor to not only astronauts but
also the people that make human spaceflight implemented today." The astronaut in orbit
is the tip of a very large pyramid. Russian space industry employs tens of thousands of
people, a large number of factories, research institutions and other structures that are
the foundation for ensuring the implementation of space flight and the astronaut is at
the forefront of all processes ", - said the commander of the ISS.
Press Service of the Russian Space Agency