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Along with our simulator session on Tuesday, we also had what for Nik was the second of two classes on command and control systems onboard the Russian segment of the ISS. (I missed Monday morning’s first lesson as I was off chatting with a new…

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The three Soyuz crew members take their seats about two hours before launch. Their official titles are Flight Engineer 1 (left seat), Cosmonaut Researcher (right seat), and Commander. For this week’s simulator session, Nik played the role of Commander and I served as Flight Engineer….

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Compared with my last visit to Russia, it has been surprisingly cold and drizzly here this week—time to bust out the rain gear and warm clothes! But to make up for the lousy weather, it has been one of our most exciting and eventful weeks…

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We wrapped up our second training session in Star City this past April, giving me a fortnight to make a fleeting trip home before round three of training resumes on May 17. Two weeks at home is obviously not long, though I’m only subsequently back…

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If you read about the problems Soyuz TMA 11 encountered on its return to Earth this past April, not to mention the previous Soyuz mission, you’ll know that there are some possible hardware concerns related to the spacecraft and its reentry performance. And if there…

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