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Space Station Crew Uses HAM Radio to Call Earth

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Inside the International Space Station, Expedition 25 commander Doug Wheelock gave a tour of the Russian segment of the orbiting complex, including the Soyuz spacecraft docked there. Wheelock showed off the station's HAM radio, using the call sign "NA1SS," to talk with people on the ground as the station flies overhead at 17,500 miles per hour. Wheelock, and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchickin all will return home to Earth this Thursday, Nov. 25.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h73EYcyszf8


ISS: Expedition 25 To Launch On New Soyuz

Three new crewmembers are flying to the International Space Station tonight aboard an upgraded spacecraft, known as Soyuz TMA-01M. Their crewmates are waiting for them on the ISS. When the Soyuz docks Saturday night, the Station will be back to its full complement of sixNASA reports:

New Station Crew Members Ready for Launch

JSC2010-E-167400 -- Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg SkripochkaImage above: At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka (left to right) are pictured in front of their Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri made final preparations for their launch Thursday aboard the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Their two-day journey to the station will begin with a launch set for 7:10 p.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 6:15 p.m.

› Watch the launch on NASA TV

Kelly, Skripochka and Kaleri are scheduled to dock to the station’s Poisk module Saturday at 8:02 p.m. completing the Expedition 25 crew.

Welcoming them aboard will be current station residents, Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Shannon Walker. Wheelock, Yurchikhin and Walker arrived June 17 aboard their Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft.

Live HD coverage at SpaceVidCast. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Preflight pics are up at JSC and Energia. Rollout vid at YouTube. More clips at Space Multimedia. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.