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Expedition 20 Prepares Soyuz TMA-14 for Undocking

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Oct 8, 2009 7:13 am via: source
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(NASA) – Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt are training for their descent when they leave the International Space Station on Saturday. They tested the motion control system of the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft which will carry them to a landing in Kazakhstan. Canadian spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte will join Padalka and Barratt for the ride home.

The newest station residents, Flight Engineers Jeff Williams and Maxim Suraev, are continuing their handover activities and familiarizing themselves with the systems aboard the orbiting laboratory. Williams started installing an active rack isolation system to prevent vibrations from interfering with experiments taking place in the new Materials Science Research Rack. The installation was eventually halted so ground specialists could review the configuration. Suraev worked in the Russian section of the station maintaining its systems and performing science experiments.

In the front row, Jeff Williams (left) and Robert Thirsk and in the back, Michael Barratt, Nicole Stott and Frank De Winne talk about their favorite food with reporters on the ground. Credit: NASA TV

In the front row, Jeff Williams (left) and Robert Thirsk and in the back, Michael Barratt, Nicole Stott and Frank De Winne talk about their favorite food with reporters on the ground. Credit: NASA TV

European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne will transition from an Expedition 20 flight engineer to the Expedition 21 commander when Padalka and Barratt leave for home. Williams and Suraev will stay behind with Flight Engineers Nicole Stott, Roman Romanenko and Robert Thirsk.

Several station crew members took part in an interview with Fox News Radio and the St. Petersburg Times on Wednesday morning. They discussed views of the Earth from space, the experience of becoming a station crew member and how the international partners cooperate in space and on the ground.

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