Michael Fossum, U.S. Astronaut With Russian Sergey Volkov and Japanese Satoshi Furukawa Off to International Space Station (ISS)

By on Jun 8, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

Michael Fossum
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A trio of astronauts from different countries, that include US Michael Fossum, Japan‘s Satoshi Furukawa and Russian’s Sergey Volkov blasted off for the International Space Station mounted on a Soyuz spacecraft.

According to reports by several international news sites, the Soyuz TMA-02M was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on schedule, at 2:12 a.m. on Wednesday (2000 GMT on Tuesday).

Officials from Russian Mission Control outside Moscow congratulated the crew on the radio when the ship covered rough stages and the rocket reached orbit safely, minutes later.

“We’re feeling good. Everything is in order on board”, Volkov reported.

Reports mentioned that the trio will spend six months on the International Space Station, a time that will include the docking of the US space shuttle Atlantis which will be launch on July 8.

Volkov, Furukawa and Fossum will be greeted by NASA astronaut Ron Garan and Russians Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyayev upon arrival on Thursday (2022GMT), reports said.

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