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Expedition 29 Crew Enjoys Off-Duty Time After Expedition 28 Landing

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:36 am via: NASA
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On their own for the next two months, Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov enjoyed an off-duty day Friday following Thursday night’s landing of Expedition 28 crew members Ron Garan, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev.

Borisenko, Samokutyaev and Garan landed their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft in Kazakhstan a few seconds before midnight EDT Friday, with an official landing time of 11:59:39 p.m. Thursday. Russian recovery teams were on hand to help the crew exit the Soyuz vehicle and adjust to gravity after 164 days in space.

Their undocking Thursday marked the end of Expedition 28 and the start of Expedition 29 under the command of NASA astronaut Fossum, who is scheduled to remain on the station with Russian cosmonaut Volkov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Furukawa until November. The trio arrived at the station aboard the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft in June.

NASA and its international partners have agreed to a tentative launch schedule with crew flights to the International Space Station resuming on Nov. 14. The Space Station Control Board, with representation from all partner agencies, set the schedule after hearing the Russian Federal Space Agency’s findings on the Aug. 24 loss of the Progress 44 cargo craft. The dates may be adjusted to reflect minor changes in vehicle processing timelines.

According to the current plan, the Soyuz 28 spacecraft, carrying NASA’s Dan Burbank and Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov, will launch Nov. 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and arrive at the station on Nov. 16.

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