ISS Expedition 15 Mission Updates

Crew Swap Begins Aboard Space Station
12 October 2007 12:56 p.m. EDT

A nine-day crew swap is now under way aboard theInternational Space Station (ISS) after the successful docking of a SoyuzTMA-11 spacecraft at 10:50 a.m. EDT (1450 GMT) today.

ISS Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, flightengineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor arenow working with their Expedition 15 counterparts to take control of theorbital laboratory.

Shukor will return with the Expedition 15 commanderFyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineer Oleg Kotov, who are scheduled to land onOct. 21.

"I feel very well," Shukor told flightcontrollers on Earth. "And I have lots of Russian and American friends uponboard with me here."

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 docking and hatch opening onNASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Soyuz Astronauts Enter Space Station
12 October 2007 12:42 p.m. EDT

The two Expedition 16 astronauts and Malaysia'sfirst spaceflyer have entered the International Space Station (ISS), with theoutpost's three-man Expedition 15 greeting them with broad smiles and heartyhugs.

Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, flightengineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian spaceflyer Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor wavedat ISS cameras. They docked at 10:20 a.m. EDT(1450 GMT) and opened hatches about two hours later.

"Everybody is smiling and happy, the fun isonly about to begin," Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin said.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 docking and hatch opening onNASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Astronauts Open Hatches Between ISS, Soyuz
12 October 2007 12:25 p.m. EDT

The six astronauts of the International SpaceStation's Expedition 15 and Expedition 16 crews are sharing their orbital hellosafter opening hatches between their two spacecraft at 12:22 p.m. EDT (1622 GMT)today.

"Well hello!" Expedition 15 commanderFyodor Yurchikhin said. "Welcome onboard!"

Yurchikhin and Expedition 15 flight engineer OlegKotov and Clayton Anderson welcomed Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson,flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian astronaut Sheikh MuszapharShukor aboard the ISS. A Russian Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft ferried the new crewto the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT (1450 GMT).

Whitson and Malenchenko will relieve Yurchikhin andKotov aboard the ISS while Anderson stays on for the first stage of Expedition16. The Expedition 15 crew and Shukor will land on Oct. 21.

A video greeting between the joint Expedition15/Expedition 16 crew and Russian Mission Control will begin shortly.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 docking and hatch opening onNASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Soyuz Astronauts Set to Enter Space Station
12 October 2007 11:43 a.m. EDT

The three astronauts inside the recently dockedSoyuz TMA-11 spacecraft are preparing to enter the International Space Station(ISS) after today's 10:50 a.m. EDT (1450 GMT) docking.

The final leak checks between the two spacecraft areunderway as the ISS Expedition 15 crew prepares to open the internal hatchesconnecting their vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft.

Aboard the Soyuz, Expeditoin 16 commander PeggyWhitson, flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian astronaut SheikhMuszaphar Shukor, are preparing to open their own connecting hatch to enter theISS.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 docking on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Leak Checks Underway Between Soyuz, ISS
12 October 2007 11:14 a.m. EDT

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station(ISS) and the recently docked Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft are conducting leakchecks as they prepare to open the hatches between their two vehicles.

The Soyuz, with Expedition 16 commander PeggyWhitson, flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian astronaut SheikhMuszaphar Shukor aboard, arrived at the ISS at 10:50 a.m. EDT (1450 GMT).Hatches between the two vehicles are slated to be opened between 11:50 a.m. EDTand 12:20 p.m. EDT (1550-1620 GMT).

A press conference is underway at Russia's ISSMission Control.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 docking on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Soyuz Astronauts Dock at Space Station
12 October 2007 10:54 a.m. EDT

The Russian-built Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft carryingExpedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko andMalaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor has arrived at the InternationalSpace Station (ISS), with docking occurring on time at about 10:50 a.m. EDT(1450 GMT).

"Yuri, congratulations," Russian flightcontrollers told Malenchenko, who commanded the Soyuz's flight.

The two spacecraft were flying 220 miles (354kilometers) above western Mongolia at the time of docking.

A series of hooks and latches will secure the twospacecraft to one another. After conducting leak checks, the two spacecraftcrews are expected to open the hatches separating their two vehicles at about11:50 a.m. EDT (1550 GMT), NASA said.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 docking on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Soyuz SpacecraftPrepares for ISS Arrival
12 October 2007 10:43 a.m. EDT

The Russian-built Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft ferryingExpedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko andMalaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor to the International Space Station(ISS) is poised to dock at the orbital laboratory.

Docking is set for 10:52 a.m. EDT (1452 GMT), withthe Soyuz easily discernable in video recorded by cameras outside the ISS.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 docking on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Soyuz SpacecraftPrimed for ISS Fly Around
12 October 2007 10:33 a.m. EDT

Soyuz TMA-11 commander Yuri Malenchenko has guidedhis ship to within one kilometer of the International Space Station (ISS) andis preparing to fly the spacecraft around the orbital outpost.

Malenchenko, Expedition 16 commaner Peggy Whitsonand Malaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are on track for today's planned 10:52 a.m. EDT (1452 GMT) docking.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 docking on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Soyuz Astronauts onTrack for ISS Docking
12 October 2007 10:15 a.m. EDT

Preparations for today's Soyuz TMA-11 docking at theInternational Space Station (ISS) are going smoothly, with the Russianspacecraft nearing within 20 miles (32 kilometers) of the orbital laboratory,NASA commentator Rob Navias said.?

Aboard the Russian-built Soyuz, Expedition 16 flightengineer and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko is commanding the vehicle's flighttoward a planned 10:52 a.m. (1452 GMT) docking. ISS Expedition 16 commanderPeggy Whitson and Malaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are accompanyingMalenchenko to the ISS.

Hatches between the Soyuz and ISS are expected tobe opened as early as 11:50 a.m. EDT (1550 GMT).

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 docking on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Soyuz SpacecraftDue at Space Station Today
12 October 2007 10:00 a.m. EDT

A Russian-built SoyuzTMA-11 spacecraft is closing in on the International Space Station (ISS) tomake a 10:52 a.m. EDT (1452 GMT) docking later today.

Riding aboard the Soyuz are ISS Expedition 16commander Peggy Whitson, flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysia's firstastronaut Sheik Muszaphar Shukor. The three spaceflyers are completing atwo-day trek to the ISS that began with a flawless Wednesday launch.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 docking on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Soyuz RocketReaches Orbit with Space Station Crew
10 October 2007 9:36 a.m. EDT

The Russian Soyuz rocket hauling the new Expedition16 crew and a Malaysian astronaut toward the International Space Station (ISS)has successfully reached orbit after a flawless evening launch from theBaikonur Cosmodrome on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Now in orbit aboard the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft areExpedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko andMalaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.

The astronauts launched on timeat 9:22 a.m. EDT (1322 GMT), though it was 12 minutes after sunset at theirCentral Asian spaceport.

Whitson and Malenchenko will replace Expedition 15cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov.

A wrap up of today's Expedition 16 launch will beposted to SPACE.com's homepage shortly.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 launch on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Soyuz Rocket HaulsAstronauts Toward Orbit
10 October 2007 9:30 a.m. EDT

The second stage of the Russian Soyuz rocket haulingthe new Expedition 16 crew and a Malaysian astronaut toward the InternationalSpace Station (ISS) has separated, with the third stage igniting. Four minutesof powered flight remain.

A short time ago the rocket shed its first stageboosters and escape tower. Inside the Soyuz TMA-11 rocket are Expedition 16commander Peggy Whitson, flight engineer and Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenkoand Malaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 launch on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

LIFTOFF! SoyuzRocket Launches Astronauts Spaceward
10 October 2007 9:23 a.m. EDT

The next crew of the International Space Station(ISS) and Malaysia's first astronaut are rocketing toward space after theon-time 9:22 a.m. EDT (1322 GMT) liftoff of their Soyuz rocket.

Aboard the rocket's Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraftare: Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, a NASA astronaut and the firstfemale commander of the ISS; veteran cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, an Expedition16 flight engineer representing the Federal Space Agency; Malaysian astronautSheikh Muszaphar Shukor, an orthopedic surgeon flying under a commercialagreement between Russian and his home nation.

It should take about nine minutes for thespaceflyers to reach orbit.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 launch on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Launch Time Nearsfor ISS-Bound Astronauts
10 October 2007 9:15 a.m. EDT

Less than 10 minutes remains now before the planned 9:22 a.m. EDT (1322 GMT) launchof a Russian-built Soyuz rocket carrying the Expedition 16 crew and Malaysianastronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor toward the International Space Station (ISS).

Aboard their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft, Expedition 16commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko are strapped inalongside Shukor for the planned launch. Malenchenko will command the Soyuzflight to the ISS.

Liftoff is slated to occur about 12 minutes aftersunset Local Time. Whitson is the first female commander of the ISS.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 launch on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Launch ServiceStructure Retracts from Soyuz Rocket
10 October 2007 8:55 a.m. EDT

The two fold-down halves of the Launch Service Structurehave pulled away from the Soyuz rocket set to loft the Expedition 16 crew andMalaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor into space today.

The countdown is on track for a 9:22 a.m. EDT (1322GMT) launch today, though it will be7:22 p.m. Local Time at the Soyuz rocket's Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site inKazakhstan.

Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, flightengineer Yuri Malenchenko and Shukor are strapped into their Soyuz TMA-11spacecraft.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 launch on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Astronauts Strappedin to Soyuz for Launch
10 October 2007 8:43 a.m. EDT

Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, flightengineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor arestrapped into their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft for today's planned 9:22 a.m. EDT(1322 GMT) launch to the International Space Station(ISS).

Malenchenko, as Soyuz commander, is seated in thecenter of the three-person spacecraft. Whitson sits in the left seat as Soyuzflight engineer with Shukor in the right seat. Malenchenko has chosen theRussian word for "Gemstone" as his Soyuz call sign.

It will be 7:22 p.m. Local Time, just before sunset,at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in Central Asia at the time of today's planned liftoff.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 launch on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Launch CountdownContinues for ISS Crew
10 October 2007 8:24 a.m. EDT

With less than an hour remaining before theirplanned 9:22 a.m. EDT (1322 GMT) launch into space, Expedition 16commander Peggy Whitson, flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysianastronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are preparing for liftoff.

NASA video of their prelaunchshowed the spaceflyers arrive at their launch pad at the Central Asianspaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch pad is the same sitethat where cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin launched on April 12, 1961 to become thefirst human in space.

Shukor and the Expedition 16 crew are now aboardtheir Russian Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft as they prepare for today's launch.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 launch on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Astronaut Trio AllSmiles Before Launch
10 October 2007 7:53 a.m. EDT

NASA video of the prelaunchactivities for Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, flight engineer YuriMalenchenko and Malaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor show thespaceflyers to be all smiles as they prepare for a 9:22 a.m. EDT (1322 GMT) launch into orbit.

The astronauts have donned their blue and whiteRussian Sokol spacesuits that will protect them during the nine-minute ascentto orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 launch on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

New Astronaut CrewPrepares for Soyuz Launch
10 October 2007 7:35 a.m. EDT

Space station commander Peggy Whitson, flightengineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor arecounting down to their planned launch into space today.

NASA is broadcasting recorded video of theastronauts' prelaunch activities on NASA TV as the astronaut trioprepare to launch toward the International Space Station (ISS) at about 9:22a.m. EDT (1322 GMT).

Whitson, the first female commander of the ISS, andMalenchenko will relieve two Expedition 15 cosmonauts as they begin their ownExpedition 16 mission. Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, flightengineer Oleg Kotov and Shukor will return home on Oct. 21.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 launch on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

New Astronaut Crewto Launch Toward ISS
10 October 2007 7:08 a.m. EDT

Two veteran spaceflyers and Malaysia's firstastronaut are poised to launch toward theInternational Space Station (ISS) today.

ISS Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, flightengineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian astronaut Shiekh Muszaphar Shukor areslated to ride their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft into orbit at 9:21 a.m. EDT (1321GMT) from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The launch will begin a 12-day crew swap aboard theISS, with Whitson and Malenchenko replacing Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov.Shukor is due to return to Earth with the Expedition 15 crew on Oct. 21.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Expedition 16 launch on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Soyuz SpacecraftRedocks at Space Station
25 September 2007 3:55 p.m. EDT

A Russian-built Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft hassuccessfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS) after shortThursday trip to move the vehicle to a new berth.

Commanded by Expedition 15 flight engineer OlegKotov, the Soyuz spacecraft docked at the aft end of the station's Zvezdamodule at 3:47 p.m. EDT (1947 GMT) to end a 20-minute spaceflight.

"Nice work," NASA astronaut ClaytonAnderson, an Expedition 15 flight engineer, told Kotov after their returned tothe ISS.

The Soyuz relocation clears an Earth-facing dockingport on the station's Zarya control module for the Oct. 12 arrival of the newExpedition 16 crew. A series of hooks and latches will draw the two spacecrafttogether, with leak checks to follow in order to ensure they are safelyconnected.

A wrap up of today's Soyuz flight will be posted toSPACE.com's homepage.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Soyuz relocation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Astronauts on FinalApproach to Space Station
25 September 2007 3:48 p.m. EDT

The three astronauts of Expedition 15 crew are ontheir final approach to redock their Soyuz spacecraft at the InternationalSpace Station.

Expedition 15 flight engineer Oleg Kotov is commandingSoyuz spaceflight, which will redock at the ISS as the station flies in orbitalnight.

Kotov, Expedition commander Fyodor Yurchikhin andflight engineer Clayton Anderson undocked from the station at 3:22 p.m. EDT(1922 GMT) to move the Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft to a new docking port.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Soyuz relocation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Astronauts FlySoyuz Around Space Station
25 September 2007 3:36 p.m. EDT

Flight controllers in Russia's International SpaceStation Mission Control have given the Expedition 15 crew the go ahead to flyaround the orbital laboratory in their Soyuz spacecraft.

The Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft undocked from anEarth-facing port on the station's Zarya control module at 3:27 p.m. (1927 GMT)as vehicles flew 219 miles (352 meters) above the southeastern Pacific Ocean.

Expedition 15 flight engineer Oleg Kotov is nowguiding the Soyuz along a graceful to align it with an aft-facing docking porton the station's Russian-built Zvezda control module.

ISS commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineerClayton Anderson are also aboard the Soyuz with Kotov. They are scheduled toredock at the Zvezda port at 3:45 p.m. EDT (1945 GMT).

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Soyuz relocation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Space Station CrewUndocks from Orbital Laboratory
25 September 2007 3:27 p.m. EDT

A Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft carrying threeExpedition 15 astronauts has undocked from the International Space Station tobegin today's short spaceflight outside the orbital laboratory.

Commands for the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft to cast offfrom its Earth-facing berth on the station's Zarya module were sent at 3:17p.m. EDT (1917 GMT). The two spacecraft officially separated from each other atabout 3:20 p.m. EDT (1920 GMT).

"Separation is nominal," said Expedition15 flight engineer Oleg Kotov, serving as Soyuz commander, after undocking.

Kotov, Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin andflight engineer Clayton Anderson are inside Soyuz TMA-10, clad in Russian Sokolspacesuits, for today's brief spaceflight. The move clears the Zarya berth forthe Oct. 12 arrival of a Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft carrying the station's newExpedition 16 crew.

Kotov will keep the Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft about 30meters away from the space station as he guides it to a docking port located onthe aft end of the station's Zvezda service module.

NASA is providing live coverage of today's Soyuz relocation on NASA TV. Click herefor SPACE.com'sNASA TV feed or follow the NASA TV link at the upper left of this page.

-- Tariq Malik

Space Station CrewSet for Soyuz Move
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