Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Russians Set Human Launch Dates on Soyuz
The Russian space agency says it will launch of the next manned Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station on Saturday, November 12, 2011 just days before the remaining three cosmonauts and astronauts on the orbiting laboratory are due to return to earth.
A second Soyuz with 3 additional cosmonauts and astronauts is being scheduled to launch on Tuesday, Decmebr 20, 2011 to bring the crew back to a full compliment of six. The station will have a crew of three for about three months this fall and winter.
The launch schedule for manned Russian missions has been thrown into disarray by the Aug. 24, 2011 crash of an unmanned Soyuz supply craft. Since the phasing out of the shuttle, NASA has come to rely entirely on Russia to get its crew to the international space station. More from The New York Times. Related post below.