Click on image for full size
New Cosmonauts, Old Station
News story originally written on August 13, 1997
Two Mir crewmembers are heading home after an eventful stay on the
space station. Cosmonauts Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin are
leaving Mir in a Soyuz capsule early Thursday morning and should land in
Russia three hours later. They are being replaced by Anatoly Solovyov and
Pavel Vinogradov, two cosmonauts who arrived on the station last week.
U.S. astronaut Mike Foale will stay through September, when Wendy
Lawrence will replace him.
The new crewmembers will try to repair the damage caused by the June collision
with a cargo ship.
They were going to perform a spacewalk inside the damaged Spektr lab module
on August 20th to try and restore more of the station's power. Unfortunately, the spacewalk has been delayed due to a main computer breakdown.A
spacewalk will be necessary at some point because there is no air in the module; it leaked
out through a coin-sized hole caused by the collision.
You might also be interested in:
The release of the movie Apollo 13 awakened many people to the struggle for survival that these astronauts endured during their lunar mission. The three men currently aboard the Mir space station are similarly...more
It was another exciting and frustrating year for the space science program. It seemed that every step forward led to one backwards. Either way, NASA led the way to a great century of discovery. Unfortunately,...more
The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Center at 2:19 p.m. EST, October 29th. The sky was clear and the weather was great as Discovery took 8 1/2 minutes to reach orbit for the Unitied...more
A moon was discovered orbiting the asteroid, Eugenia. This is only the second time in history that a satellite has been seen circling an asteroid. A special mirror allowed scientists to find the moon...more
Will Russia ever put the service module for the International Space Station in space? NASA officials are demanding an answer from the Russian government. The necessary service module is currently waiting...more
During a period of about two days in early May, 1998, the ACE spacecraft was immersed in plasma associated with a coronal mass ejection (CME). The SWICS instrument on ACE, which determines unambiguously...more
J.S. Maini of the Canadian Forest Service has referred to forests as the "heart and lungs of the world." Forests reduce soil erosion, maintain water quality, contribute to atmospheric humidity and cloud...more