Saturday, April 19, 2008

SOYUZ SPACECRAFT LANDS OFF-TARGET!

South Korea's Yi So-yeon spent 11 days at the International Space Station.
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has returned to Earth, but came down more than 400km (250 miles) away from its planned touchdown point, say Russian officials.
The crew are safe, but were subjected to severe G-forces during re-entry, said a spokesman for Mission Control according to AP news agency.
He said they were being examined on site by medical staff.
On board are Yi So-yeon, South Korea's first astronaut, Yuri Malenchenko from Russia and American Peggy Whitson.
The Russian TMA-11 landing capsule touched down some 420km away from its planned landing point in the Kazakh steppe, and some 20 minutes later than scheduled.

Peggy Whitson holds the US record for the most time spent in space.
The three crew are said to be safe, say space officials.
However, they are undergoing medical examinations after being subjected to G-forces up to 10 times those present on Earth, said spokesman Valery Lyndin.
Officials said the craft followed a so-called "ballistic re-entry" - a plunge with an uncontrollable, steep trajectory.
Ms Yi had spent 11 days conducting tests at the International Space Station.
Ms Whitson now holds the record for the cumulative length of time spent in space by an American at 377 days, the US space agency Nasa said earlier.
BBC NEWS REPORT.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

First words of Yi So Yeon on Earth after landing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRp3EHND-3Y

with translation in English

3:30 pm  

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