October 8, 2012 - Expedition Mix 'N Match

Expedition Mix ‘N Match Spaceflight has become more frequent, and more confusing, since continuous occupation of the International Space Station began in 2000. The crew assignments for the first three-person Expedition “increments” were easy to follow, reminiscent of the distinct Skylab crews of the early 1970s. But since 2006, members of a given increment often arrive at and depart from the ISS at different times, or fly up as a member of one Expedition, only to be transferred to another at mission’s end. Five years ago this week, the first two members of Expedition 16 lifted off to the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-11, joining a third member already at the ISS who was transferred to Expedition 16. Three additional crew joined the increment at three different times over the next five months.

Image credit: NASA

Weekly Calendar

October 8-14, 2012

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 8

Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
Columbus Day

Last Quarter Moon 3:33 AM ET

1873: Ejnar Hertzsprung born

Moon phase Tuesday 9

1604: Kepler’s Supernova observed
2009: LCROSS detects water on the Moon

Moon phase Wednesday 10

1846: William Lassell discovers Triton, moon of Neptune
1980: Very Large Array dedicated
1983: Venera 15 orbits Venus
2007: ISS Expedition 16 crew launched

Moon phase Thursday 11

1968: Apollo 7 launched
1969: Soyuz 6, 7 & 8 in space at once
: Magellan mission ends
2000: STS-92 Discovery launched
2005: Shenzhou 6 launched

Moon phase Friday 12

Venus 6° north of Moon

1964: Voskhod 1 launched, first three-person space flight
1977: Shuttle Enterprise’s first glide test without aerodynamic tailcone
2008: ISS Expedition 18 crew launched

Moon phase Saturday 13

1773: Charles Messier observes M-51
1933: British Interplanetary Society founded
1968: Apollo 7 first live TV broadcast from space
2004: ISS Expedition 10 crew launched

Moon phase Sunday 14

1947: World’s first supersonic flight
1957: USAF announces X-20 Dyna-Soar project
1983: Venera 16 arrives in orbit around Venus

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