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Fraser
2005-Apr-28, 06:01 PM
SUMMARY: European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter from Germany will become the first from the agency to spend several months on board the International Space Station. Although ESA astronauts have visited the station several times before, they usually only stick around for about a week, perform a bunch of experiments, and then join the returning crew for the Soyuz flight home. Reiter will be launched with the Space Shuttle flight STS-121, currently planned for July 2006.

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Guest
2005-Apr-28, 06:28 PM
About time, yes the Europeans have done really good missions already like Smart-1, the ISO space telescope and the joint work with NASA on the Cassini-Huygens lander but they have never really done much with manned Space mission, I think its time the Euros started to help out more with the ISS and get more people to help work and finish projects with the Space Station

Don Alexander
2005-Apr-28, 10:26 PM
In other words, instead of "performing a bunch of experiments", Reiter will now spend several months preventing the ISS from falling apart... ;-}