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THE EIGHTEENTH PRIME MISSION
AND FIFTEENTH VISITING CREW
TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

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April 8, 2009. S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - MCC-M, Korolev, Moscow region.
Soyuz TMA-13 landing At 11:16:00, Moscow Time, Soyuz TMA-13 descent vehicle returned to Earth. All the operations associated with the descent, landing, search and rescue of the descent vehicle and the crew went normally.
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February 13, 2009. S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - MCC-M, Korolev, Moscow region.
Progress M-66 logistics spacecraft docking to the ISS Russian logistics spacecraft Progress M-66, after three days in free flight, docked with the International Space Station (ISS).
Approach to the space station, its fly-around and docking were performed in automatic mode. The initial contact with the docking port on the Pirs module of the ISS Russian Segment occurred at 10:18:13 Moscow Time.
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February 10, 2009. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz-U LV  in flight At 08 hours 49 minutes 46 seconds Moscow Time transport cargo vehicle Progress M-66 was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome as per Mission Program and the commitments undertaken by the Russian side under the International Space Station Project.
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February 8, 2009. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz-U LV at the launch pad At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-66 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Soyuz-U launch vehicle was rolled out from the integration building to the launch pad. Soyuz-U launch vehicle with Progress M-66 transport vehicle is installed on the launch pad. L-2 days activities have been started.
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February 7, 2009. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-66 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Technical management meeting and Government Commission meeting were convened. A decision is made to roll out Soyuz-U launch vehicle with Progress M-66 transport vehicle to the launch pad.
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February 7, 2009. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Progress M-66 cargo vehicle At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-66 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle, containing Progress M-66 spacecraft was integrated with the Soyuz-U launch vehicle in the processing facility.
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February 6, 2009. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Progress M-66 cargo vehicle At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-66 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
The payload module of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle with the Progress M-66 cargo vehicle are delivered to the assembly and testing facility. Its reloading to the frame and docking to the Module I are provided.
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February 5, 2009. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-66 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Designers inspection of the Progress M-66 transport cargo vehicle was completed.
Payload shroud roll on to the cargo vehicle was performed.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle, containing Progress M-66 spacecraft was transported from the spacecraft processing facility for the general integration with LV.
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February 4, 2009. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Progress M-66 cargo vehicle At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-66 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Progress M-66 transport cargo vehicle was docked with the transfer compartment in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
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February 3, 2009. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Progress M-66 cargo vehicle At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-66 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Progress M-66 cargo vehicle fuelled with propellant components and compressed gases was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
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January 31, 2009. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-66 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
The Technical Management meeting took place, which made a decision to fuel Progress M-66 cargo vehicle with propellant components and compressed gases.
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November 30, 2008. S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - MCC-M, Korolev, Moscow Region.
Progress M-01M cargo transport vehicle docking to the ISS Following a four-day free flight, during which newly developed systems and equipment were tested, Russian cargo transport vehicle Progress M-01M docked to the International Space Station.
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November 26, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
'Soyuz-U LV takeoff At 15:38:38 Moscow Time, Baikonur Cosmodrome launched Progress М-01М cargo transport space vehicle in accordance with the Mission Program and as per commitments undertaken by the Russian side under the International Space Station Project.
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November 24, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz-U LV on the launch pad Soyuz-U launch vehicle was rolled out from the integration building to the launch pad. Soyuz-U launch vehicle with Progress M-01M transport vehicle is installed on the launch pad. L-2 days activities have been started.
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November 22, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz-U launch vehicle At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-01M cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle, containing Progress M-01M spacecraft was integrated with the Soyuz-U launch vehicle in the processing facility.
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Technical management meeting and Government Commission meeting were convened. A decision is made to roll out Soyuz-U launch vehicle with Progress M-01M transport vehicle to the launch pad.
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November 21, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Progress M-01M cargo vehicle Orbital module of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle, containing Progress M-01M spacecraft was transported from the spacecraft processing facility for the general integration with LV.
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November 20, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Progress M-01M cargo vehicle Designers inspection of the Progress M-01M transport cargo vehicle was completed.
Payload shroud roll on to the cargo vehicle was performed.
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November 18, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Progress M-01M cargo vehicle Progress M-01M transport cargo vehicle was docked with the transfer compartment in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
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November 14, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
Progress M-01M cargo vehicle At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-01M cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Progress M-01M cargo vehicle fuelled with propellant components and compressed gases was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
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November 12, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Baikonur launch site.
The Technical Management meeting took place, which made a decision to fuel Progress M-01M cargo vehicle with propellant components and compressed gases.
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October 14, 2008. MCC-M – S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, Korolev.
'Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft docking to ISS The Russian manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13 has docked with the International Space Station.
The spacecraft approached ISS after two days of free flight in low Earth orbit. The docking was performed in automatic mode.
The initial contact of the spacecraft docking unit with the docking port on the Functional and Cargo Module Zarya took place at 12:26 Moscow Time At that time ISS was within coverage area of Russian ground tracking stations.
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October 12, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz-FG LV in flight In accordance with the mission plan of the International Space Station (ISS) and Russian commitments under this project, a manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13 was launched from Baikonur launch site at 11:01 Moscow Time.
The objective of the launch was to deliver to ISS the Expedition 18 crew (ISS-18): cosmonaut Yu. Lonchakov (Russia) and astronaut M. Fincke (USA), as well as a space flight participant R. Garriotte (USA) under the program of the Visiting Mission 15.
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October 11, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
The ISS-18 and VC-15 crews A session of the State Commission was held. The Head of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center V.V. Tsibliev made a report on the crew readiness for the mission. The President and General Designer of the S.P. Korolev RSC Energia V.A. Lopota made a report on the readiness of the integrated launch vehicle/manned spacecraft system Soyuz-FG/Soyuz-TMA for further pre-launch processing. The State Commission confirmed the primary and backup crews of Soyuz TMA-13 and ISS-18, and also made a decision to proceed with the preparation of the integrated launch vehicle/spacecraft system Soyuz-FG/Soyuz TMA-13 for fueling and launch at the scheduled time - on October 12, 2008, at 11:01 Moscow Time.
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October 10, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz-FG LV on the launch pad A rollout of the Soyuz spacecraft from the assembly-test facility to the launch site was provided. The Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-13 transport spacecraft was erected on the launch pad. Operations under the launch minus two days program began.
The launch of the Soyuz-FG integrated launch vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft to the ISS Orbital Complex is planned for October 12, 2008 at 11:01 Moscow time.
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October 9, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz-FG launch vehicle At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft under the International Space Station program.
In the LV Integration and Checkout Facility, the basic integration of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with the upper composite has been completed.
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A meeting of the Technical management under the chairmanship of RSC Energia President and General Designer V.A. Lopota and State commission was held. A decision on rollout of the launch vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft to the launch facility and its preparation for launch planned for October 12, 2008 was adopted.
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October 8, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing the Soyuz TMA-13 manned spacecraft was transported from the spacecraft processing facility for the general integration with LV.
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October 7, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
The primary crew of Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft In the assembly/test building primary (Yury Lonchakov (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia), Michael Fincke (NASA, USA), Richard Garriott (USA)) and backup (Gennady Padalka (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia), Michael Barratt (NASA, USA), Nik Halik (Australia)) crews of the Soyuz TMA-13 transportation spacecraft made a check inspection of the spacecraft in the launch configuration and got acquainted with equipment to be delivered and returned to the ground.
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October 5, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Designers inspection of the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft under the International Space Station program.
Designers inspection of the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft was completed.
Payload shroud roll on to the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft was performed.
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October 3, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft under the International Space Station program.
Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned vehicle fuelled with propellant components and compressed gases was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
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Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned vehicle was docked with the transfer compartment in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
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September 30, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz TMA-13 primary crew The primary and backup crews of the ISS Expedition 18 and Taxi Mission 15 have entered into their final training phase in the processing facility. Yury Lonchakov (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia), Michael Fincke (NASA, USA), Richard Garriott (USA) have inspected the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, tried on Sokol-KV spacesuits and customized contoured couches, went through the on-board documentation and the launch manifest, checked their radio communications equipment, as well as conducted a training session for scientific experiments.
The Technical Management meeting took place, which made a decision to fuel Soyuz TMA-13 vehicle with propellant components and compressed gases.
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September 29, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz TMA-13 primary crew arrived to the Baikonur launch site Primary (Yury Lonchakov (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia), Michael Fincke (NASA, USA), Richard Garriott (USA)) and backup (Gennady Padalka (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia), Michael Barratt (NASA, USA), Nik Halik (Australia)) crews of the Soyuz TMA-13 transportation spacecraft arrived to the Baikonur launch site. At the airport they were met by the first vice president, first deputy designer general of RSC Energia Nikolai Ivanovich Zelenshchikov and other managers of the Corporation.
Commanders of the crews reported on their readiness for pre-flight training and Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft acceptance.
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September 19, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
The General Designer's Review Board meeting S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia hosted the next meeting of the General Designer's Review Board chaired by V.A. Lopota, the Corporation President, General Designer.
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September 3, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
The training sessions under the training program for the space flight participant of VC-15 The scheduled training sessions under the training program for the space flight participant of the International Space Station visiting crew – 15 (VC – 15) were held at S.P. Korolev RSC Energia.
The Corporation specialists were engaged with the U.S. citizen Richard Garriott in issues of software debugging required for his activities in the ISS Russian Segment.
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September 2, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
The training sessions under the training program for the space flight participant of VC-15 Training sessions under the training program for the space flight participant of visiting crew-15 (VC-15) were held at S.P. Korolev RSC Energia. The U.S. citizen Richard Garriott and his backup citizen of Australia Nik Halik pass training for a space flight to the International Space Station.
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September 1, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
The training sessions under the training program for the ISS Increment-18 crews Training sessions led by the Corporation specialists were held under the training program for the International Space Station Increment – 18 crews.
NASA astronauts Michael Fincke (the primary crew) and Michael Barratt (the backup crew) were acquainted with photo and video equipment with which one of them will work onboard the Station Russian Segment.
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August 27, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space corporation Energia hosted next training sessions under the training program for space flight participant of International Space Station 15th Visiting Crew.
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August 26, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
The training sessions under the training program for the ISS Increment-18 crews The training sessions led by the Corporation specialists passed at S.P. Korolev RSC Energia under the training program for the International Space Station Increment-18 crews. The U.S. astronauts, NASA, namely Michael Barratt, Sandra Magnus and her backup Nicole Stott as well as the Japanese astronauts, JAXA, Koichi Wakata and his backup Soichi Noguchi participated in these sessions.
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August 19, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev hosted training sessions under the training program for Increment 18 of International Space Station (ISS-18).
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August 7, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space corporation Energia hosted next training sessions under the training program for space flight participant of International Space Station 15th Visiting Crew.
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June 20, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
S.P.Korolev RSC Energia hosted training sessions under the crew-training program for Expedition Eighteen to the International Space Station, which were supervised by the Corporation specialists.
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June 17, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
S.P.Korolev RSC Energia hosted one more training session under the crew-training program for Expedition Eighteen to the International Space Station, which was supervised by Corporation specialists.
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June 11, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
Training sessions under the crew-training program for Expedition Eighteen to the International Space Station S.P.Korolev RSC Energia hosted training sessions under the crew-training program for Expedition Eighteen to the International Space Station (ISS-18), which were directed by Corporation specialists.
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May 29, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia hosted regular training sessions under the training Program for a space flight participant of ISS-15 (International Space Station) Visiting Crew.
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