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24 November 2011

Space station radio amateurs land safely

Three radio amateurs returned safely to Earth on Monday, having completed nearly six months in space onboard the International Space Station (ISS)

Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum KF5AQG, Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa KE5DAW of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Sergei Volkov U4MIR of the Russian Federal Space Agency
landed their Soyuz spacecraft in frigid conditions on the central steppe of Kazakhstan at 8:26 p.m. CST Nov. 21 (8:26 a.m. Kazakhstan time, Nov. 22).

The trio arrived at the station on June 9. They spent 167 days in space and 165 days on the complex. Volkov, a two-time station crew member, now has accumulated 366 days in space.

Before leaving the station, Fossum handed over command to NASA's Dan Burbank, KC5ZSX, who leads Expedition 30. Burbank and Flight Engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov of Russia will continue research and maintenance aboard the station.

The remaining Expedition 30 crew members, NASA astronaut Don Pettit KD5MDT, European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers PI9ISS, and cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko RN3DX, are scheduled to launch Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and dock with the station on Dec. 23.

To follow Twitter updates from ISS Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank KC5ZSX visit: http://twitter.com/AstroCoastie
Source NASA
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/
nov/HQ_11-394_Expedition_29_Landing.html

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- Southgate Amateur Radio News