A few hours ago, the American astronaut Steve Swanson and the Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev returned to Earth on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft, which landed safely in Kazakhstan. The three of them spent almost exactly six months on the International Space Station, where they arrived on March 28, 2014 Initially, they were part of Expedition 39, in the second half of their stay they were part of Expedition 40 with Steve Swanson as commander of the Station.
On Thursday August 21, 2014 the former astronaut Steven Nagel passed away due to cancer. He’s survived by his wife Linda M. Godwin, also a former astronaut, and their two daughters. In 1985, he was part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery in the STS-51-G mission. In 1985, he was part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger in its last completed mission, the STS-61-A commanded by Hank Hartsfield. In 1991, he was the commander of the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in the STS-37 mission. In 1993, he was the commander of the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia in the STS-55 mission.
Yesterday at Kennedy Space Center among the many celebrations for the 45th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon, there was a ceremony that honored Neil Armstrong renaming after him a historic building in the Center so far known as the Operations and Checkout Building. It was there that Armstrong and the other astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission got ready for launch.
The former American astronaut Hank Hartsfield passed away yesterday, July 17, 2014, due to complications from the back surgery he had several months ago. Hank Hartsfield flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia in the STS-4 mission, on the Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-41-D mission and on the Space Shuttle Challenger in the STS-61-A mission.
A few hours ago the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and after less than six hours reached the International Space Station carrying Alexander Gerst, Maxim Suraev and Reid Wiseman. The Soyuz has used the fast trajectory normally used.