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The Soyuz TMA-06M crew had a big day yesterday. They had a press conference and Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin received their “cosmonaut passport.” Tarelkin described their crew as family with Sunita Williams as Mom and Kevin Ford as Dad. :) The crew then visited Red Square and laid flowers for fallen cosmonauts interred in the Kremlin Wall, following tradition. The crew also paid a visit to Yuri Gagarin’s office and signed the guest book. One of the museum employees showed the page from the book that Neil Armstrong signed.

(Source: 1, 2)

Day 2 of Soyuz TMA-06M exams, with the prime crew in the Soyuz simulator and the backups in the ISS simulator. Once again all passed with 5’s. A few of the things the crew had to contend with in the Soyuz: failure of the 3rd stage to separate during launch, a broken pressure valve, and a leak in the fuel system. Here’s a video too.

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The first day of final exams happened today for the crews of Soyuz TMA-06M. The Prime crew (Oleg Novitsky, Yevgeny Tarelkin, Kevin Ford) was in the ISS Russian segment simulator. The backup crew (Pavel Vinogradov, Aleksandr Misurkin, Christopher Cassidy) was in the Soyuz simulator. The crew commander chooses a sealed envelope with a set of problems (sensor failures, fires, etc.) that the crew encounter during the test. Each crew member signs the envelope. They don’t know what these are until the test. Both crews passed their exams with 5 out of 5!

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A visit to Red Square was made by the Soyuz TMA-05M crews. It’s a tradition to pay respects to former cosmonauts interred in the Kremlin wall and visit the sights around the Kremlin.

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The Soyuz TMA-05M crews had their final exams over the past two days. They both passed their Soyuz and ISS tests.

(Sources: 1, 2)

I’ve finally had the time to scan my Russian space stamps. Here’s my collection of Apollo-Soyuz Test Project stamps.


Chronicling the adventures of Soviet and Russian cosmonauts

(and unmanned programs too!)