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Space Adventures Mission Update

Published by Rob on Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:01 pm
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Space Adventures’ Orbital Client, Charles Simonyi, Returns to Earth After Visiting the International Space Station

Charles Simonyi, Ph.D. successfully landed in the Kazakhstan steppes after a 14-day visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Simonyi returned to Earth aboard Soyuz TMA-9 with members of the Expedition 14 crew Michael Lopez-Alegria and Mikhail Tuyrin, who were relieved after their seven-month assignment aboard the ISS.

“Seeing the space station for the first time from inside the Soyuz was such an unforgettable experience. Seeing the Earth from space, so beautiful, majestic and calm, has filled me with great optimism,” said Dr. Simonyi. “I think it is written into our DNA to explore. Space exploration is so important to humanity, that to have been able to participate in it, even in a very small way, was such a privilege.”

Earlier in the month, on April 7, Dr. Simonyi launched aboard Soyuz TMA-10 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He joined Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineer Oleg Kotov for the flight. They arrived at the space station on April 9 and were greeted by the Expedition 14 crew.

During his 11-day stay aboard the ISS, Dr. Simonyi dedicated much of his time to furthering research in space and promotingthe science of space travel to children. He assisted several international space agencies by conducting experiments, communicated with hundreds of high school students via HAM radio signal in cooperation with Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS) and chronicled much of his mission on his website www.charlesinspace.com. The site contains details of his mission from training to landing, and features a “Kids’ Space” where children can earn an official “Charles in Space Certificate of Achievement.” Dr. Simonyi will continue to share his post mission experiences on the site. more>>>

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