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2003-Jul-25, 09:44 PM
SUMMARY: NASA has named the next crew who will live on board the International Space Station. This time it's going to be astronaut Michael Foale and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri; both have significant spaceflight experience. Expedition 8 will launch on board a Russian Soyuz rocket on October 18 and dock two days later. Spanish astronaut Pedro Duque will also make the journey to the ISS, but then return 10 days later with the current ISS crew: Yuri Malenchenko and Ed Lu. ISS will continue to be staffed by two people until the space shuttle returns to regular flights.

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2003-Jul-26, 01:58 AM
Good one for Michael Foale. As I'm from Scotland UK I'm Impressed that "The Brit" is going off world again. Michael proved himself after his Mir mission, despite having faced one of the most potentially catastrophic accidents in space, he returned from his mission with nothing but praise & respect for the Mir / Shuttle programme. His Mir work paved the way for Alpha so the ISS expedition is a just & appropriate reward for Michael.

I'm also pleased that another Brit, Piers Sellers (STS !!2 Mission Specialist), is due to go back up at the re commencement of the Shuttle Programme.

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Piers & the crew of STS 112 earlier this year. The entire crew visited Edinburgh University to give a presentation re their Alpha mission. It was excellent.

Michael Foale......Always thought he'd be a great candidate for the 1st Mars Mission. I watched him in an interview & he certainly seemed keen enough, he's of the right age Nasa are considering for Mars Astronauts & he definitely has much experience & motivation.

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2003-Jul-26, 03:25 AM
How long will Foale be up there for? I guess it depends on when the shuttle flies again... any speculation on when that might be?


2003-Jul-26, 11:18 PM
Yes, he would be perfect .. now all he needs is a Space craft and the will of NASA and the community to get there. no worries.