An Orthodox priest blesses the cosmonauts before the flight
Cosmonauts Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitsky, and Yevgeni Tarelkin
The priest blessing the spacecraft spritzes the photographer! Now, that’s Russian Orthodoxy…
The mission is readied for launching
Lift off! Ura! Isn’t it odd how the arrogant and tight-arsed Americans have to bum rides with us backward and retrograde Russians? You’d think that all of their boasts are hubristical lies! Hmm… one hopes that the Russian crew taught the American how to go “na troikh” (“three on a bottle”)… there are three of them, after all…
The Soyuz TMA-06M was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome with a new ISS crew. Cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky (Roscosmos), Yevgeni Tarelkin (Roscosmos), and Kevin Ford (NASA) went to into near-Earth orbit. The docking of the Soyuz with the ISS happened on 25 October. For Russians Novitsky and Tarelkin, it’s the first flight into space, whilst Ford is on his second mission. The new crew shall stay at the ISS for 148 days. They will unload four Progress transport craft and one European ATV-4 craft. The crew of the 33rd expedition doesn’t plan to have any spacewalks.
24 October 2012
Gagarin‘s Smile vs the Cheshire Cat’s Smile
Родина слышит,Родина знает (Rodina slyshit, rodina znyaet: The Motherland hears, the Motherland knows) is a very popular Russian song released at the time of Gagarin’s flight, and most Russians think of the one when they think of the other.
On 12 April 1961, the Vostok-1 spacecraft, with Yuri Gagarin aboard, the the first cosmonaut to fly into outer space, lifted-off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Gagarin’s flight around the earth lasted 108 minutes, then, the descent module successfully passed through the atmosphere to land in Saratov Oblast.
12 April 2012
A Thorny Path to the Stars
Official Kazakh sources released the 2011-15 strategic plan of the Kazakh National Space Agency; it estimates that, given normal wear and tear, the equipment at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome has ten more years of useful life.
13 June 2012
Voice of Russia World Service