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Soyuz Hard Landing

cheap moncler coats Now the dust has settled news sources appear to be coherently reporting the events that unfolded early Saturday morning. As several readers have shown concern that reporting on the Soyuz ballistic re entry makes us opposed to Russian efforts in space, I hope these points clearly show that this is not the case. In actuality, without the Russian Soyuz fleet of personnel/cargo supply spacecraft, much of the international community plans for space would be scuppered. So, what do we know happened after the Soyuz descent capsule undocked from the space station in the early hours of Saturday? cheap moncler coats

Well, most of the original reports appeared to be fairly accurate. From Tuesday, it seems that much of the reports from news agencies in the US and UK moncler outlet store have been corroborated with the Russian news agency Interfax. On April 23rd, William Gerstenmaier, NASAs associate administrator for space operations, gave a statement as to what went wrong. So here what we know:

moncler outlet sale Due to a technical fault, and not crew error, the Soyuz monlcer down jackets descent capsule did not separate from its propulsion module as planned. The explosive bolts used to separate the Soyuz modules before re entry didn work on time. This may have resulted in the descent module and propulsion module hitting the atmosphere before they separated. moncler outlet sale

cheap moncler It is not clear if the modules were separated late by the explosive bolts, or if they were pulled apart (Gerstenmaier points out that they may break apart on re entry, allowing the descent module and crew to make an emergency landing). Either way, a re entry (rather than the planned guided re entry) was the moncler sale result. Ballistic re entry was likened by cheap moncler outlet Gerstenmaier to, bullet out of a rifle, before the parachutes opened. cheap moncler

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moncler jacket sale The re entry caused damage to the capsule escape hatch due to the angle of descent. Areas other than the heat shield had been burnt. The communications antenna was lost at this stage. moncler jacket sale

moncler sale outlet NASA confirms there was no communication with the capsule until cosmonaut Colonel Yuri Malenchenko was able to get free of the cabin and use a satellite phone to contact mission control. This was 30 minutes after touch down. moncler sale outlet

cheap moncler jackets sale So it appears the emergency landing was actually very successful. As pointed out by cheap moncler coats Gerstenmaier the Soyuz spacecraft design has inherent reliability in the system. After all, the original manned Soyuz spacecraft design was launched in 1967, and since then there have been 99 missions (11 since 2002). It is a rugged and highly dependable space vehicle, and in 2010 when the Space Shuttle is retired we will need Soyuz to supply the space station and transport personnel. The Orion space ship isn scheduled to launch until 2015, so there is a five year gap that will need to be buy moncler jackets filled. NASA is looking into commercial options, but the tried, tested and reliable Soyuz remains the best option. cheap moncler jackets sale

moncler factory outlet However, the way this incident was handled is highly worrying. I just hope that a thorough investigation into the technical fault and the way Russian officials covered up events is carried out, so future re entries can be better managed. I am a solar physics doctor, but my space interests are wide ranging. I am also heavily involved with the Mars Homestead project (run by the Mars Foundation), an international organization to advance our settlement concepts on Mars. They normally tell you the truth, they really do But sometimes you have to stop focusing on the words and look at the face (the eyes). They tell you that way. They speak to you with their expressions. And they expect you to know They do. They may know the deal, but they are still proud people. moncler factory outlet

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Keep going Ian Well Except for that Solar Sail thing

It still a newsworthy event though, and a great advert for just how robust and versatile Soyuz is. Given the choice, I do re entry in Soyuz than the Shuttle, I think the odds are better overall (you might have to check that). It comes down to simplicity in the design. Even if it falls like a stone, completely uncontrolled, Soyuz will right itself automatically, it physically impossible for the capsule to fall upside down. So long as the heat shield is good and the parachutes work (which they obviously do), then great!

This was more than a cover up though, it was media bait. Immediately everyone knew something was wrong, but officials said all sorts of lies to cover up the When the Shuttle picks moncler sale outlet up moncler mens jackets damage and expensive repairs are made in space, NASA turns the bad situation into a media event. NASA news is at the other end of the spectrum regardless about space mishaps, technological errors or miscalculations, they tend to take full responsibility and put a positive spin on events. Sometimes it can be moncler outlet a bit too much spin, but at least we know they not blatantly lying.

moncler outlet online I agree with Al. I lived in Russia for seven years and I can tell you they would be prepared to go very far to promote their country or, if need be, cover up any embarrassing facts. The technicians they got are beyond doubt every bit as competent and skillful as their counterparts in NASA or ESA. But, and this is a big the bureaucratic and social structures have changed very little if in fact at all since the bad old soviet days. This is the soul reason for all the weirdness that been going on. The top brass have it in their blood to deny everything that would put the system in bad light. They been brought up this way and they been doing this all their lives. Unfortunately it going to take some (considerable) time before that changes. moncler outlet online

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The one thing Russia has and will always have over the Western Countries as far as Space and Flight goes is emergencies and situations not in the play books. Yes they will take far greater risks than we will and they have a safety record in flight and space that we would find unacceptable. But at the same time, when we do make mistakes and have accidents, we over ANAL ize each and every situation to cover every politically correct basis. The near accidents on Mir (at least the ones that we know about) are cheap moncler the types of situations Astronauts and Cosmonauts moncler outlet online will need to dive into when moncler outlet sale we find ourselves 20 million miles from Earth headed to Mars. (which is exactly why we need to going to the Moon FIRST)

If we were to abide by todays standards regarding the risks of Space flight way back in the Apollo days, we would have never made the Moon landing by the end of the decade like our stated goal was. The Space Race with the Soviet Union is why we took far more chances and risks than we would ever dream of taking today.

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After the two Shuttle accidents it is quite clear how much safety concerns have become most important AND THEY should be but ask the Astronauts and Cosmonauts how they feel about Manned Space Flight after an accident and you will always get the same answer.

moncler outlet Space will always be dangerous and we must take the risks no matter what the costs. It the public (Media Whores, really) that do the most freaking out. If the Astronauts had thier way they would be right back flying the very next week moncler outlet.

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