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April 8, 2013 - 199 Days in Space

199 Days in Space Launched to the International Space Station five years ago this week, the TMA-12 spacecraft carried ISS Expedition 17 crew members Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, as well as South Korean spaceflight participant So-yeon Yi. Joining Volkov and Kononenko as part of Expedition 17 was astronaut Garrett Reisman, who had already been aboard the ISS since April as part of the Expedition 16 crew. Yi returned to Earth after one week, along with two members of the exiting Expedition 16 crew, who had been in space since the previous October. Reisman remained with Expedition 17 through June, while Volkov and Kononenko stayed 199 days in space, returning to Earth on October 23, 2008. At thirty-five years old, Volkov became the youngest person to command the ISS.

Image credit: NASA

Weekly Calendar

April 8-14, 2013

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 8

Mercury 7° south of Moon

1964: Gemini I launched
1966: OAO-1 launched
1993: STS-56 Discovery launched
2002: STS-110 Atlantis launched
2008: ISS Expedition 17 crew launched

Tuesday 9

1959: NASA selects original seven Mercury astronauts
1994: STS-59 Endeavour launched

Wednesday 10

New Moon 5:35 AM ET

1919: John C. Houbolt born

Thursday 11

1960: Project Ozma started
1970: Apollo 13 launched
1980: Viking 2 lander mission ends
1984: Challenger retrieves Solar Max
1986: Halley’s Comet closest to Earth

Friday 12

Pluto appears stationary

1961: Yuri Gagarin first human in space
1981: STS-1 Columbia launched
1985: STS-51D Discovery launched

Saturday 13

Sunday 14

Jupiter 2° north of Moon

1629: Christiaan Huygens born
1972: KSC and Vandenberg AFB picked as shuttle launch sites
2005: Expedition 11 crew launched to International Space Station

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