Roscosmos NEW blue ‘landscape’ official embroidered patch
This is a new generic Roscosmos logo. It will gradually replace the blue (portrait style) rectangular patch currently in use.
The two pairs of three stars symbolize the ISS crews flown to and from the International Space Station by the Russian Soyuz vehicles.
The patch can be seen on the training suit of Cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko (right).
Expedition 27 crew members — NASA astronaut Ron Garan (from left), Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev, Soyuz commander, and Andrey Borisenko — join hands following a press conference held at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, April 3, 2011. Photo credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi
Soyuz TMA-02M is a current flight to the International Space Station. It is transporting three members of the Expedition 28 crew to the International Space Station. TMA-02M is the 110th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft; the first flight launched in 1967. It is the second flight of the improved Soyuz-TMA-M series; the first was on 7 October 2010. The Soyuz will most likely remain on board the space station for the Expedition 28 increment to serve as an emergency escape vehicle.
The Soyuz spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 9:12 pm UTC (8 June 2011, 2:12 am local time). Originally expected to dock with the International Space Station around 5:22 pm EDT on Thursday, 9 June 2011,the Soyuz docked with the ISS at 5:18 pm EDT, four minutes ahead of schedule. The spacecraft carried to the ISS a three person crew (Sergey Volkov, Russia; Michael E. Fossum, U.S.A; Satoshi Furukawa, Japan), who are expected to remain on board the station until mid-November.
NASA astronaut Mike Fossum (right), Expedition 28 flight engineer and Expedition 29 commander; along with Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov (center) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, both Expedition 28/29 flight engineers, pose for a photo during a docking timeline simulation training session in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Photo credit: NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration
3 June 2011
The six men in the Mars500 facility near Moscow have been in isolation now 365 days. The European crewmembers have been writing in their latest letters home about the highlights, monotonous life, team spirit and determination to go on.
“Wow, it’s already been a year,” begins Diego Urbina, one of the two Mars500 crewmembers from ESA, in his latest diary entry.
“One way to visualise it is if you think of what you were doing exactly one year ago, and then picture yourself living in a windowless metal box from then!”
The crew of six – three Russians, two Europeans and one Chinese – walked from the flashlights of a hectic press conference into their isolation modules on 3 June 2010 and began their virtual mission towards the Red Planet.
The facility faithfully mimics every aspect of an interplanetary flight, as far as it is possible without really flying into space. Their ‘craft’ is composed of four sealed interconnected cylinders with a total volume of 550 cubic metres. They have their own private cabins and they live and work very much like the astronauts on the Space Station.
“The dark side of this routine is that every day for the past year we woke up at the same time to do the same medical controls with the same devices: no weekend or holiday breaks for a year!” writes Romain Charles, another ESA crewmember, in his diary.
To Mars and back
After the first exciting months, life settled into a routine and the crew waited for Mars arrival at the end of January.
They ‘docked’ with a ‘lander’ (in reality, another module connected to their main habitation modules) that had been waiting with supplies in orbit around Mars.
After unloading the cargo, Diego settled into the lander with Wang Yue and Alexandr Smoleevskiy, and ‘landed’ on Mars.
They completed three sorties in Orlan spacesuits into a big hall that was built to look like the martian surface.
During these marswalks they collected samples, set up experiments and drove a rover, like real marsonauts will do one day.
After conquering the Red Planet, the trio ‘flew ‘back to the interplanetary ship, and the crew was reunited to begin their long trip back home on 2 March.
The biggest problem of future exploration flights is not necessarily the technology, but the humans and interactions between the crewmembers. This is the main focus of the Mars500 experiment.
“Our crew has been keeping up the dozens of experiments we have to do constantly, no matter the good times or the hard times, producing data of quality that helps some of Europe’s best scientists to evaluate what the space travelers of the future will go through,” writes Diego.
“We still have 5 months ahead of us a lot of opportunities to make this trip to Mars even more special,” adds Romain.
“We have a great crew and although our backgrounds are significantly different, we never had any conflicts between us. That’s why I’m full of optimism for our last days in the Mars500 modules. We’ll see you on the 5th of November when we’ll land on Earth after our 520 day’s journey to the Red Planet, not before!”
Watch also ESA TV’s video about Mars500: ‘One year inside’.
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