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Three new Space Station crew to join three others onboard

  • 27 May 2009
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The International Space Station Expedition 20 crew launched from the Baikonou Cosmodrome on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. When they shake hands with the current ISS Expedition 19 crew already onboard the ISS, their meeting will mark the expansion of the Space Station from three to six crewmembers.

At 6:34 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Wednesday May 27, 2009, the Expedition 20 crew were launched inside a Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft from the Baikonou Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

This crew will herald the beginning of six-person crews aboard the International Space Station.

When the Expedition 20 crew climbs onboard the ISS, all five members of the International Space Station will be represented: the United States (represented by NASA), Japan (JAXA), Canada (CSA), Russia (RSA, or Roscosmos), and the European Union (ESA).

NASA states in their article Expedition 20 Crew Launches from Baikonur that “All five of the international partner agencies – NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) – will be represented on orbit for the first time."

For additional information on the newly launched Expedition 20 team, go to: NASA Expedition 20.

And, for more information on the currently onboard Expedition 19 team, visit NASA Expedition 19.

Page two concludes with additional information on the mission, and an interview with the ISS Expedition 20 members.

RSA cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, Expedition 19 commander; NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, Expedition 19 flight engineer; and JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 19 flight engineer, are currently onboard the ISS.

This crew includes three countries involved with the Space Station: Russia, United States, and Japan.

Russian cosmonaut and ISS Expedition 20 commander Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency flight engineer Frank De Winne, and Canadian flight engineer Robert Thirsk were just launched into space.

They are moving toward the International Space Station inside their Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft.

This crew adds a member from the European Union and Canada to the international crew, making it five member countries all represented onboard the Space Station; that is, as soon as the new crew arrives.

Members of the Expedition 20 crew answer questions in a video interview at RussiaToday.com.

Check out the movie and the story at "Members of 20th ISS expedition answer questions of RT viewers."


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