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1st Spacelanding Since The Columbia Break-up...  
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

So the new improved (more leg-room and softer landing) Sojuz will land on Sunday, the first space landing since the Columbia break-up....


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User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

Has the Soyuz capsule been redesigned? How has the softer landing been accomplished? Russian capsules always land in the desert and they usually hit quite hard. Does it have a new braking rocket on the capsule? Soyuz will be the only transport to the ISS until the shuttle is back in service again.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

This landing will also be the first time Americans have flown in a Russian spacecraft...

Greg



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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Look up www.space.com BTW isn´t the "space-tourist" Tito an US citizen?


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29705 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

I can't belive that they missed the drop zone by 250 miles

Took them over three hours to find the spacecraft



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

I still prefer the old US method of splashing down at sea rather than making a hard landing. If the braking thrusters malfunction on the capsule you're in for a HARD LANDING, i.e not surviving it. Landing at sea used to be pretty damn accurate too. If you read through all the Apollo mission reports you'll see the capsules splashing down sometimes within 5 miles of the target aircraft carrier, that's brilliant considering they've come back all the way from the moon. Same as Gemini and Mercury- most splashdowns were extremely accurate.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29705 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

Actually the most accurate Apollo landing was the one that the controlers had the least control over....Apollo 13.


OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

"Actually the most accurate Apollo landing was the one that the controlers had the least control over....Apollo 13".

That's right the Apollo 13 command module(Odyssey) splashed down within sight of the aircraft carrier, i think the distance was around 1-2 nm from the carrier. Amazing.


User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1314 times:

Did they indeed have the carrier so close? What if the capsule hits the aircraft carrier directly? The chances are pretty low, but never say never.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29705 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1308 times:

It would have been bad.

I don't think the Apollo capsules were designed for impacts like that but then again water isn't as soft as some people think.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1296 times:

I think capsule velocity at splashdown was around 20MPH- that's with all 3 chutes fully deployed. The astronauts described it as pretty violent.

User currently offlineKolobokman From Russia, joined Oct 2000, 1180 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1297 times:

I can't belive that they missed the drop zone by 250 miles

Looks like one of the Yanks on board clicked the wrong button))))



Took them over three hours to find the spacecraft
Less the 2 actually.

It took the Space Forces 3 days because of a snow storm once...
Imagine a 100 days in space, 9G's on return and three days in a blizzard!



[Edited 2003-05-06 07:36:15]


I can neither confirm, nor deny above post
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

On the news they said that science officer Don Petit was injured during the descent. He has a dislocated shoulder and suffered breathing difficulties. I'm thinking this is probably due to the high G descent(9 G's), is that correct?

User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8494 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

Greg, if you mean an entirely American crew in a Russian spacecraft then you're right, but astronauts have flown in the Soyuz before.

And those carriers had some power. Perhaps not as much as the Enterprise or a Nimitz class, but if they saw the capsule heading for the carrier I think even a mammoth beast like that might have a chance of getting out of the way.


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