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GordonD

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  1. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 16th Stuart Roosa (1933) USA Selected 1966 (NASA Group 5) Apollo 14, 31 January - 9 February 1971 (9d 0h 1m) - CMP on third lunar landing Retired February 1976 Died from complications of pancreatitis 12 December 1994 Oleg G. Kononenko (1938) USSR Selected 1977 Trained for Buran flights but programme cancelled Died 8 September 1980 in crash of Yak-38A VTOL aircraft in the South China Sea Not to be confused with cosmonaut Oleg D. Kononenko Valeri Ryumin (1939) USSR Selected 1973 Soyuz 25, 9 - 11 October 1977 (2d 0h 44m) - Planned to be Salyut 6 Expedition 1 but failed to achieve hard dock so mission abandoned Soyuz 32/Salyut 6 Expedition 3, 25 February - 19 August 1979 (175d 0h 35m) - Landed aboard Soyuz 34 Soyuz 35/Salyut 6 Expedition 4, 9 April - 11 October 1980 (184d 20h 11m) - Landed aboard Soyuz 37. Originally backup but replaced Lebedev who injured his knee STS-91, 2 - 12 June 1998 (9d 19h 54m) - Ninth and last Shuttle-Mir docking; crew return (Thomas down) Total flight time 371d 17h 24m Retired 1998 Married to cosmonaut Yelena Kondakova Jeffrey Wisoff (1958) USA Selected 1990 (NASA Group 13) STS-57, 21 June - 1 July 1993 (9d 23h 44m) - Retrieved EURECA experiment platform (deployed by STS-46 in August 1992) STS-68, 30 September - 11 October 1994 (11d 5h 46m) - Carried Space Radar Laboratory SRL-2 creating radar images of the Earth's surface STS-81, 12 - 22 January 1997 (10d 4h 55m) - Fifth Shuttle-Mir docking; crew exchange (Linenger up; Blaha down) STS-92, 11 - 24 October 2000 (12d 21h 42m) - Delivered Z1 Truss, Pressurised Mating Adapter and other equipment to the ISS ready for the arrival of Expedition 1 Total flight time 44d 8h 7m Retired September 2001 When STS-92 landed it was the last time to date that no astronauts remained in orbit Information from Spacefacts website
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    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 15th Valentin Varlamov (1934) USSR Selected 1960 Retired for medical reasons March 1961 (possibly connected to a spinal injury) Died 2 October 1980 Viktor Pisarev (1941) USSR Selected 1967 Retired for medical reasons May 1968; no flights Sonny Carter (1947) USA Selected 1984 (NASA Group 10) STS-33, 23 - 28 November 1989 (5d 0h 6m) - Classified DoD mission; deployed 'Big Ear' reconnaissance satellite Died in commercial airliner crash 5 April 1991 Ricardo Peralta y Fabi (1950) Mexico Selected 1985 Backup for STS-61B Retired December 1985 as a result of injuries sustained in an ultralight crash; no flights Died 2017 (date unknown) Scott Altman (1959) USA Selected 1994 (NASA Group 15) STS-90, 17 April - 3 May 1998 (15d 21h 50m) - Carried Neurolab (final Spacelab mission) STS-106, 8 - 20 September 2000 (11d 19h 10m) - Delivered equipment and supplies to the vacant ISS ready for the arrival of the Expedition 1 crew STS-109, 1 - 12 March 2002 (10d 22h 10m) - Fourth Hubble Servicing Mission (known as HSM-3B); carried out repairs and installation of new instruments STS-125, 11 - 24 May 2009 (12d 21h 37m) - Fifth and final Hubble Servicing Mission (HSM-4); replaced batteries and carried out further maintenance tasks Total flight time 51d 12h 47m Retired September 2010 Information from Spacefacts website and Wikipedia
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    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 14th Jon McBride (1943) USA Selected 1978 (NASA Group 8 ) STS-41G, 5 - 13 October 1984 (8d 5h 23m) - Deployed Earth Radiation Budget Satellite; included first American female EVA and first American woman to fly twice Retired May 1989 Mark Lee (1952) USA Selected 1984 (NASA Group 10) STS-30, 4 - 8 May 1989 (4d 0h 56m) - Deployed Magellan Venus Radar Mapper (reached target planet August 1990) STS-47, 12 - 20 September 1992 (7d 22h 30m) - Carried Japanese-financed Spacelab-J STS-64, 9 - 20 September 1994 (10d 22h 49m) - Carried LIDAR In-Space Technology Experiment, using laser pulses instead of radio waves to study the atmosphere STS-82, 11 - 21 February 1997 (9d 23h 37m) - Second Hubble servicing mission; installed new instruments and made various upgrades Total flight time 32d 21h 52m Retired July 2001 Previously married to astronaut Nancy Jan Davis Sarah Brightman (1960) United Kingdom Classical singer, actress, songwriter and dancer Selected 2012 Due to fly as Spaceflight Participant on Soyuz TMA-18M but pulled out for undisclosed reasons Retired May 2015 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson (1969) USA Selected 1998 (NASA Group 17) STS-118, 8 - 21 August 2007 (12d 17h 55m) Soyuz TMA-18/ISS Expeditions 23/24, 2 April - 25 September 2010 (176d 1h 18m) Total flight time to date 188d 19h 13m Still on active status Information from Spacefacts website
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    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 13th Robert Stewart (1942) USA Selected 1978 (NASA Group 8 ) STS-41B, 3 - 11 February 1984 (7d 23h 15m) - Deployed two comsats, both failed to reach planned orbit. Stewart carried out second MMU test STS-51J, 3 - 7 October 1985 (4d 1h 44m) - Classified DoD mission; deployed two military comsats Total flight time 12d 0h 49m Retired January 1986 Information from Spacefacts website
  5. I've just spotted something. There should not be a probe on the front leg of the LM - this was present on Apollo 9 (and maybe 10) but was removed from Apollo 11 onwards in case it bent up on landing and created a tripping hazard for the astronauts as they came down the ladder. Please take this in the spirit in which it was intended - as constructive criticism and not dismissive of your work. It's a beautiful model.
  6. After a twenty-four hour delay the Parker solar probe has been launched successfully. If all goes well the probe will approach to around 6.1 million km from the Sun.
  7. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 12th Charles Brady (1951) USA Selected 1992 (NASA Group 14) STS-78, 20 June - 7 July 1996 (16d 21h 47m) - Carried Spacelab Life and Microgravity Sciences Retired August 2002 Committed suicide 23 July 2006 following a lengthy arthritis-related illness Information from Spacefacts website and Wikipedia
  8. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 11th Frederick Sturckow (1961) USA Selected 1994 (NASA Group 15) STS-88. 4 - 15 December 1998 (11d 19h 18m) - Delivered Node (Unity) module to connect with Russian FGB core Zarya; first link-up of two ISS components STS-105, 10 - 22 August 2001 (11d 21h 12m) - Delivered supplies and equipment to the ISS; also crew rotation (Expedition 3 up; Expedition 2 down) STS-117, 8 - 22 June 2007 (13d 20h 11m) - Delivered S3/S4 truss to the ISS; also partial crew exchange (Anderson up; Williams down) STS-128, 29 August - 12 September 2009 (13d 20h 53m) - Delivered supplies and equipment to the ISS; also partial crew exchange (Stott up; Kopra down) Total flight time 51d 9h 34m Retired March 2013 Information from Spacefacts website
  9. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 10th Nikolai Pushenko (1952) USSR Selected 1990 Undertook cosmonaut training but never assigned to a mission Retired September 1996; no flights Information from Spacefacts website
  10. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 9th James Wood (1924) USA Selected 1962 (USAF X-20 Group) Would have piloted the X-20 Dyna-Soar but programme cancelled Retired December 1963; no flights Died 1 January 1990 Roman Romanenko (1971) Russia Selected 1997 Soyuz TMA-15/ISS Expeditions 20/21, 27 May - 1 December 2009 (187d 20h 41m) Soyuz TMA-07M/ISS Expeditions 34/35, 19 December 2012 - 14 May 2013 (145d 14h 18m) Total flight time 333d 10h 59m Retired November 2014 Son of cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko - second "second generation" spaceman, after Richard Garriott Information from Spacefacts website
  11. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 8th Dennis Tito (1940) USA Selected 2000 Soyuz TM-32/ISS Taxi Flight 1, 28 April - 6 May 2001 (7d 22h 4m) - Landed aboard Soyuz TM-31. First fare-paying passenger in space Retired May 2001 Dennis Boesen (1942) USA Selected 1987 Assigned to a Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars") research flight but programme and mission cancelled Retired 1990; no flights Andrea Lorenzoni (1946) Italy Selected 1984 Would have been a candidate for a Tethered Satellite mission Retired 1986; no flights Svetlana Savitskaya (1948) USSR Selected 1980 Soyuz T-7/Salyut 7 Taxi Flight 1, 19 - 27 August 1982 (7d 21h 52m) - Landed aboard Soyuz T-5. Soyuz T-12/Salyut 7 Visiting Flight 2, 17 - 29 July 1984 (11d 19h 14m) Total flight time 19d 17h 6m Retired October 1993 On Soyuz T-7 Savistskaya became the second woman in space; she was selected because NASA had announced that Sally Ride would become the first American female to go into orbit and the Soviets wanted to beat her On Soyuz T-12 Savitskaya became the first woman to fly in space twice and to carry out an EVA. NASA had recently announced the crew of STS-41G, in which Sally Ride would become the first woman to fly twice, and Kathy Sullivan would make the first female EVA. Again her selection was purely to claim both of these records for the USSR. To date only FOUR female Russian cosmonauts have flown in space Béla Magyari (1949) Hungary Selected 1978 Backup for Soyuz 36 Retired June 1980; no flights Died 23 April 2018 Larry James (1956) USA Selected 1982 (Manned Spaceflight Engineer Group 2) Candidate for a DoD mission but not assigned Retired December 1987; no flights Information from Spacefacts website
  12. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 7th Kent Rominger (1956) USA Selected 1992 (NASA Group 14) STS-73, 20 October - 5 November 1995 (15d 21h 52m) - Carried US Microgravity Payload USMP-2 STS-80, 19 November - 7 December 1996 (17d 15h 53m) - Deployed and retrieved ORFEUS-SPAS-II free-flyer experiment pallet STS-85, 7 - 19 August 1997 (11d 20h 26m) - Deployed and retrieved CRISTA-SPAS-2 free-flyer pallet STS-96, 27 May - 6 June 1999 (9d 19h 13m) - Delivered Russian STRELA cargo crane and other equipment and supplies to the unoccupied ISS STS-100, 19 April - 1 May 2001 (11d 21h 30m) - Delivered Canadarm manipulator to the ISS; delivered and retrieved Rafaello logistics module Total flight time 67d 2h 54m Retired September 2006 José Hernández (1962) USA Selected 2004 (NASA Group 19) STS-128, 29 August - 12 September 2009 (13d 20h 53m) - Delivered and retrieved Leonardo logistics module to the ISS Retired January 2011 Information from Spacefacts website
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    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 6th Winston Scott (1950) USA Selected 1992 (NASA Group 14) STS-72, 11 - 20 January 1996 (8d 22h 0m) - Retrieved the Japanese Space Flyer Unit launched March 1995; deployed and retrieved SPARTAN-206 experiment pallet STS-87, 19 November - 5 December 1997 (15d 16h 34m) - Carried US Microgravity Payload USMP-4 Total flight time 24d 14h 34m Retired July 1999 Greg Chamitoff (1962) USA Selected 1998 (NASA Group 17) STS-124/ISS Expeditions 17/18, 31 May - 30 November 2008 (183d 0h 22m) - Landed aboard STS-126 STS-134, 16 May - 1 June 2011 (15d 17h 38m) - Delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the ISS. Final flight of Endeavour Total flight time 198d 18h 0m Retired September 2013 Information from Spacefacts website
  14. GordonD

    Ju-52 Crash in Switzerland

    BBC News now has it: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45076060
  15. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for August

    August 5th Neil Armstrong (1930) USA Selected 1962 (NASA Group 2) Gemini VIII, 16 - 17 March 1966 (10h 41m) - First orbital docking; mission aborted when spacecraft began rolling uncontrollably due to a stuck attitude thruster Apollo 11, 16 - 24 July 1969 (8d 3h 18m) - First man on the Moon Total flight time 8d 13h 59m Retired August 1970 Died 25 August 2012 Leonid Kizim (1941) USSR Selected 1965 Soyuz T-3/Salyut 6 Visiting Flight 5, 27 November - 10 December 1980 (12d 19h 7m) Soyuz T-10/Salyut 7 Expedition 3, 8 February - 2 October 1984 (236d 22h 49m) - Landed aboard Soyuz T-11 Soyuz T-15/Mir Expedition 1/Salyut 7 Expedition 6, 13 March - 16 July 1986 (125d 0h 0m) - First transfer between two orbiting space stations (carried out twice) Total flight time 374d 17h 56m Retired June 1987 Died 14 June 2010 Andrei Zaytsev (1957) USSR Selected 1985 Retired March 1996; no flights Died 5 May 2010 Information from Spacefacts website
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