Roscosmos on facebook shared this video of Buran, Russia’s answer to the space shuttle, on its only flight on 15 November 1988. The 3 hour and 25 minute unmanned test flight launched and landed at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Unfortunately, this one was destroyed when the hangar it was in collapsed.
Russian Cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov was the only Cosmonaut to pilot the Soviet answer to the MMU - an apparatus called the Cosmonaut Maneuvering Unit. Named Icarus, trial runs were made outside the Mir space station during Serebrov’s TM-8 mission in February, 1990, as seen in the photos above. He passed away on Monday, November 12, 2013 outside Moscow.
Nooo! This is the second cosmonaut in the past two weeks that has passed away. :(
European Space Agency posted this amazing–20+ minutes long but worth watching–video about how astronauts return home from the ISS in the Soyuz space capsule, with never before seen inside footage.
Nyberg, Parmitano and Yurchikhin Landing coverage
The three astronauts are now in the soyuz that will bring them home.
NASA will cover the launch as follows (times in eastern time):
6 p.m. - ISS Expedition 37/Soyuz TMA-09M Undocking Coverage (undocking scheduled at 6:26 p.m. ET) - JSC (All Channels)
8:30 p.m. - ISS Expedition 37/Soyuz TMA-09M Deorbit Burn and Landing Coverage (Deorbit burn scheduled at 8:55 p.m. ET, landing near Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan scheduled at 9:49 p.m. ET) - JSC via Kazakhstan(All Channels)
11 p.m. - Video File of the ISS Expedition 37/Soyuz TMA-09M Landing and Post-Landing Activities - HQ (All Channels)
The footage can also be followed on the spaceflight101 live website, they give the following schedule:
Undocking: November 10, 2013
Undock Time: 23:26 UTC
Deorbit Burn: 1:55 UTC (Nov 11)
Landing: 2:49 UTC (Nov 11)
Mission Duration: 166 Days
Or you can follow the same stream on the ESA website, with yet another set of times:
00:00 CET Monday - Soyuz TMA-09M undocking
02:30 CET Monday - Soyuz TMA-09M deorbit burn and landing