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October 15-21, 2012 / Vol 31, No 42 / Hawai`i Island, USA

12 Oct 2012, 20:34 UTC
October 15-21, 2012 / Vol 31, No 42 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS: Planning for the Future of Extended Human Spaceflight

The next phase of International Space Station Expeditions begins as NASA Commander Kevin Ford, Roscosmos Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin are scheduled to launch 16:51 ALMT October 23 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan for a 5 month stay aboard the ISS. This 3 crew member team will work with current members of Expedition 33, Sunita Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Akihiko Hoshide, until their departure in mid-November. The final 3 flight engineers of Expedition 34, Chris Hadfield (Canadian Space Agency), Tom Marshburn (NASA) and Roman Romanenko (Roscosmos), are scheduled to join the crew after a December 5 launch. NASA will continue practicing communication delays and self-guided crew schedules on non-critical missions in order to better understand dangers and challenges of future long-duration expeditions where 20 minute communication delays are expected. One year duration missions aboard the ISS are set to begin March 2015. Expedition 34 and 35 will also conduct new experiments involving surfactant reactions in microgravity provided by the European Space Agency and the first space demonstration of a miniaturized flow cytomere provided by CSA which will allow the quantification of molecules / cells in blood and bodily fluids and ...

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