They laughed and joked.

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They laughed and joked.

The laboratory module is set up for more than a decade of research. The first German on board, tested for 179 days in the Russian station MIR, makes history again 30 days after his arrival. Because then he will draw level with the Frenchman Jean-Pierre Haigner, who holds the previous ESA record on two flights with a total of 209 days in space. Depending on how long Hesse stays on the ISS, he could join a small group of astronauts who have been in space for more than a year. But that is still open: Reiters work as a kind of caretaker of the station is only part of his everyday life.

A scientific workload that institutes from all over Europe gave him was tailored to his needs. Reiter spent more than 160 hours doing a total of 25 experiments, eight of which were German. The aim is to keep biological samples frozen for transport back to earth or to grow plants in space. He tests an electrical muscle stimulator and a special blood pressure monitor. The experimental program called “Astrolabe” is more than a dress rehearsal for the Columbus control center in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, which later oversees the European laboratory module.

So for the German there might be little time left for the guitar waiting for him in the ISS. In any case, he should hardly complain about boredom. Last but not least, a high-quality astronaut food is new on the menu to sweeten life away from home. (By Hanns-Jochen Kaffsack, dpa) Source: “After Thomas Reiter, a German astronaut will again be on the International Space Station ISS announced the General Director of the European Space Agency, Jean-Jacques Dordain, on Thursday in Darmstadt. The 54-year-old Hans Schlegel is to help with the installation and commissioning of the ESA laboratory Columbus on his mission.

Columbus is the first European laboratory to be used for long-term research in space and Europe’s main contribution to the ISS. As NASA announced in Washington on Thursday, the American Stephen Frick will be in command of the shuttle. In addition to Schlegel, Rex Walheim, Stanley Love, Leland Melvin and Alan Poindexter were also named for the crew. Poindexter is supposed to chauffeur the space shuttle. For Frick and Walheim, as for Schlegel, it is the second shuttle flight, and for the others it is a first. Hans Schlegel was born on August 3, 1951 in Überlingen on Lake Constance.

At the age of 28 he made his physics diploma at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen. He gained his first experience in space in 1993: As a payload specialist he took part in flight STS-55 of the space shuttle “Columbia”. In August 1995 he was substituted for the German-Russian Mir’97 mission at the Juri-Gagarin cosmonaut training center in Moscow added. He also completed additional training as a second flight engineer for the Russian Mir station. Schlegel has also taken on important tasks on many missions on the ground. Since May 2005 he has been working as ESA’s lead astronaut at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

He has been in a responsible position since September. The old imperial city of Aachen is looking at Schlegel, who is married to the astronaut Heike Walpot and has seven children, according to a message from ESA. The astronaut has also distinguished himself as a pilot. In addition to a private pilot license with authorization for instrument flight, he passed his aerobatics license. His other hobbies: reading and DIY. Source: “The US space shuttle” Discovery “with the German astronaut Thomas Reiter on board has docked with the International Space Station. Punctually at 4:52 pm on Thursday, the maneuver was 341 kilometers above the Earth completed. Reiter is the first German on board the ISS.

There he is responsible for health and safety, navigation and field operations. In addition, he will carry out a series of experiments over the next six months. Above all, however, Reiter’s efforts serve to prepare for the Columbus space laboratory, which is due to start at the end of 2007 as Europe’s most important scientific contribution to the ISS. The “Discovery” is to remain linked to the ISS for a good week.

She brings urgently needed equipment and supplies. In addition, the astronauts should undertake at least two space missions: The first one tries to extend the robotic arm about 15 meters long. During the second mission, two astronauts are supposed to fix a damaged transport system on the ISS. The car, which moves on rails outside the space station, is needed to install struts and solar cells on the ISS.

However, the transporter has not been operational since December. Source: “The astronauts Thomas Reiter and Jeffrey Williams disembarked from the International Space Station ISS on Thursday for an extravaganza. The two activated the batteries in their spacesuits at 04/16 CEST. That was the official start of the mission.

The field work lasted six hours, and Reiter stayed a few minutes longer in the open airlock to hand Williams the tools and assembly parts outside. Everything, including the astronauts, was secured with cables on the outer wall of the space station. While exiting, the two encountered an unexpected problem: the door to space jammed. Reiter and Williams initially stayed in a lock between the space station and the outer door, where the pressure is relieved. The outer door was therefore difficult to open. However, the two solved the problem after a few minutes. Source: “Two months before the start of the first European long-term mission to the ISS space station, the German astronaut Thomas Reiter is looking forward to his spectacular mission with excitement.

For half a year he will carry out scientific experiments and be the first European to do a six-hour “space walk”, said Reiter on Friday in Cologne. He is looking forward to a busy and exciting time with his two colleagues Pawel Winogradow (Russia) and Jeffrey Williams (USA), 400 kilometers above the earth. Reiter will work as the second on-board engineer on 19 scientific experiments for human medicine, physics and biology. “We are the extended arms and eyes of the scientific teams.” In addition, he is preparing the deployment of the European “Columbus” space laboratory, which is to dock with the International Space Station ISS at the end of 2007. The future trio in space – for the first time since the fatal “Columbia” accident three years ago, the team will again have three instead of two astronauts – should gain experience of how the complex ISS system can be operated after its final expansion in 2010. “A real challenge,” emphasized Reiter. The European Space Agency ESA spoke on Friday of a “milestone for European space travel”. The chairman of the ESA Council, Sigmar Wittig, said: “This mission is a dream come true.” With three astronauts on the “Expedition” team again, research and development will be advanced in the long term. Reiter, who was prepared for his mission in Moscow, Houston and Cologne, has no safety concerns about the flight with the “Discovery”, according to earlier statements. Nine months ago, when the last “Discovery” started, dangerous breakdowns occurred, since then NASA has kept its space shuttles on the ground to improve safety standards. Source: “For the first time, a Brazilian astronaut flew into space aboard a Soyuz spacecraft .

The 43-year-old Marcos Pontes started on Thursday with the Russian cosmonaut Pawel Vinogradov and his US colleague Jeffrey Williams from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, for the International Space Station ISS. The team took off at 4.30 a.m. CEST, the Soyuz capsule should be in about two days dock at the ISS. “Everything is fine. Marcos is in space,” said a Russian representative of the Brazilian’s wife, who watched the start with tears in her eyes. Pontes, who took a jersey from his national soccer team with him as a lucky charm, is said to be in ten days return to Earth – together with the previous ISS crew, the American Bill McArthur and the Russian Valeri Tokarew. The Brazilian should actually fly into space as early as 2001. The flight had been postponed for financial reasons. In July, after a long wait, the German astronaut Thomas Reiter will join the long-term crew. He is supposed to fly to the station on a US shuttle.

For the first time since the space shuttle “Columbia” crashed in 2003, the ISS will have three permanent residents – as planned. Source: “In July, the German astronaut Thomas Reiter will be the first European astronaut to break away on the International Space Station (ISS The European Space Agency announced on Thursday in Paris that Reiter is to be brought to the station by the US shuttle “Atlantis”, where he will meet the Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev and the American John Phillips ESA is expected to bring the American space shuttle “Discovery” back to earth for the German astronauts in February 2006. Reiter’s flight to the ISS was announced at the end of March, but ESA did not want to set a more precise date at that time.

Reiter has experience in space. In 1995 he had already spent 179 days as a flight engineer on board the later sunk Russian space station Mir. Reiter will be the first German on board the ISS and the first long-term resident not from Russia or the USA. With him, for the first time after a long break, a three-person crew is in the space station, which gives the crew more time for scientific experiments. Source: “After two unsuccessful attempts, the American space shuttle” Discovery “is on Tuesday with the German Thomas Reiter started on board.

The “Discovery” flies to the International Space Station ISS. Reiter will stay there for six to seven months. The space shuttle took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida in the evening (CEST). After nine minutes, the shuttle had reached Earth orbit, as NASA announced. On Saturday and Sunday, the start was postponed due to bad weather, and the flight is considered crucial for the shuttle program. If there are serious problems, it could mean the end of the entire fleet.

The “Discovery” was last started in July 2005. The kind of technical problems that had led to the “Columbia” disaster in 2003 reappeared. Since then, the US space agency NASA has made numerous improvements, with Thomas Reiter and the crew having to get up shortly after 4 a.m. local time.

At breakfast with the traditional cake, the seven space travelers were in a great mood. They laughed and joked. Around eight and a half minutes after the start, and thus shortly before the start of the World Cup semi-final game Germany-Italy, the “Discovery” is supposed to swing into orbit 110 kilometers above the earth.

The 48-year-old Thomas Reiter will be the first German to fly to the space station on Thursday at 10:52 a.m. local time (4:52 p.m. CEST). As the first astronaut from the European Space Agency ESA, he will stay on the ISS for at least six months on a long-term visit. Reiter will work there as a flight engineer, supervise 25 experiments – including eight German – and get out into space for an external assignment. Reiter has been preparing for the flight with the “Discovery” for five years. The start of the space shuttle, which was planned for Tuesday, was in the meantime questionable due to a technical problem on the 47-meter-high external tank. During a routine inspection, NASA technicians came across a crack about twelve centimeters long in a piece of insulating foam.

After several tests on Monday, however, the shuttle management unanimously gave the green light for a start. According to NASA manager John Shannon, the piece of foam in question is too small to cause damage to the space shuttle’s heat shield if it flakes off during take-off. The crack in the insulating foam caused a stir in the United States and brought back memories of the fatal accident Space shuttle “Columbia” on February 1st, 2003. At that time a 700 gram piece of foam burst from the outer tank and punched a hole in the heat tiles on the left wing of the space shuttle. Because of the technical changes that were made to the outer tank, the “Discovery” is only now starting for the second time in three and a half years. According to NASA, it brings more than twelve tons of equipment, water, food and clothing to the space station. During the twelve-day stay, at least two six-and-a-half hours long field trips for repair and maintenance work are planned. Source: “The second attempt to start the space shuttle” Discovery “with the German Thomas Reiter on board failed on Sunday due to the bad weather in Florida .

The countdown for the scheduled start at 21.26 (CEST) has been canceled, announced the US frame transport authority NASA on Sunday in Cape Canaveral. The next attempt will be made after 48 hours next Tuesday. The departure of the “Discovery” was canceled at short notice on Saturday. The reason was the storm clouds near the launch site, and if there were serious problems with the flight, it could mean the end of the entire shuttle fleet.

The space shuttle is supposed to fly to the International Space Station. “We cannot control the weather and we have strict rules. We will only allow this vehicle to take off when it is safe,” said NASA director Mike Leinbach, who is responsible for launches. Security issues have been the agency’s top priority since the Columbia disaster three years ago.

At that time, a piece of foam insulation came loose during take-off and damaged the shuttle so badly that it broke when it returned from space. Since then, the US space agency NASA has made numerous improvements. However, the last flight of the “Discovery” in July 2005 again encountered similar technical difficulties. The planned deployment is also controversial among engineers and the experts responsible for flight safety. Some of them have requested further improvements to the ferry. The managers of the space program refused and referred to the tight schedule. In total, the deployment of the “Discovery” should last up to 13 days.

If all goes well, two more launches this year and, in the long term, the completion of the ISS are planned.

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