|Volume: 01, Issue: 03|
Soyuz Spacecraft Lands Short of DestinationThe two astronauts and one cosmonaut onboard the Soyuz spacecraft landed nearly 300 miles short of the shuttle’s intended touchdown area in Kazakhstan late Saturday night. The three-member Expedition Six crew escaped unharmed, but a joint NASA-Russia team will investigate the cause of the landing error.
Expedition Six Commander Kenneth Bowersox, NASA Space Station Science Officer Donald Pettit, and Russian Flight Engineer Nikolay Budarin are all doing well following the off-course landing. All have been reunited with their families at Star City, the Russian cosmonaut-training center located near Moscow.
Vice President Dick Cheney offered his congratulations to the Expedition Six crew just hours after the Soyuz landed safely in Kazakhstan. The Vice President spoke to Commander Bowersox via telephone, offering his appreciation for the crew’s dedication and willingness to extend their mission in the wake of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.
Bowersox, Pettit and Budarin spent five-and-a-half months in orbit onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Although originally slated to return to Earth in March on a NASA Space Shuttle, the crew instead returned to Earth in a Soyuz TMA spacecraft. Until the NASA Space Shuttle fleet returns to flight status, Russian spacecraft will be used to re-supply the ISS and rotate Expedition crews.
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