Tag Archives: Sojoez

See you back on Earth!

In a few hours I will step into the Soyuz capsule with my colleagues Oleg Kononenko and Don Pettit. Six months flew by. After we undock we will orbit Earth two more times. Then my space mission will be over, … Continue reading

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More exercise because my return is near

Just three more weeks. I am counting down to my return. I have mixed feelings. On the one hand I want to go home and see my family and friends. On the other hand I do not want to leave … Continue reading

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Bye bye Dan, Anton and Anatoli. See your on Earth

Yesterday Dan, Anton and Anatoli left. We worked all night. I drew blood from Don and myself and collected saliva samples to be sent back on the the Soyuz to the scientists on Earth. Around six o’clock in the morning … Continue reading

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Refuge in Soyuz due to space debris

We heard on Friday that a piece of space debris would come close to the ISS and that too little data was available to perform evasive manoeuvres. The space debris turned out to be from an old Russian satellite. Its … Continue reading

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Return delayed and nice presents from Earth

The news came that I will be going back home later than planned. Space travel can be unpredictable in this way. A leak was found on the Sojuz capsule that was supposed to ferry the Expedition 31 crew up here. … Continue reading

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Our ‘hallway’ to the ISS and a rocket in pieces

It is freezing cold and a clear day here at the launch base in Baikonur. Hopefully it will stay this way until launch day. The first Sojuz launch that I saw myself was the launch of Frank de Winne in … Continue reading

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Notes for the Van Gogh museum

In between tests at the launch site we stay at the cosmonaut hotel. We have a daily programme of work and free time. It is very cold in Kazachstan, around -20 degrees Celsius. So having a jog along the river, … Continue reading

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Primerka: a full fitness check of our spaceship

The day after arrival in Baikonur was a special day. We went to the launch basis. We took two separate buses of course, as the prime crew and backup crew are always separated. In a large building we saw our … Continue reading

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Met een Sojoez-capsule kom je altijd thuis!

Het was een bewogen week. Veel mensen vragen natuurlijk naar de Progress 44, het Russische vrachtschip waarvan de lancering niet volgens plan verliep. De druk liep plotseling terug in de brandstoftoevoer voor de motor van de derde rakettrap. Journalisten willen … Continue reading

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Je voelt het gebulder van de Sojoez in je maag

Alleen de reservebemanning mag de roll-out van de raket zien, de hoofdbemanning niet. Het is een van de vele tradities, het zou geluk brengen wanneer je de gereedstaande raket pas op het platform ziet als je gaat instappen. De Sojoez-raket … Continue reading

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