back to article Fresh shift of 'nauts comes aboard space station from Soyuz podule

The latest shift of 'nauts has successfully boarded the International Space Station for their stint of orbital duty, arriving at the sky-high outpost last night (UK time) aboard a Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft sent up from Russia. Soyuz spacecraft launches from Baikonur. Credit: NASA Off to work, heigh ho NASA astronaut Sunita …

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"Dragon flights of the future are going to be more exciting than missions by the aged, workaday, Cold-War-era Soyuz"

Exciting is for new explorations. For regular servicing you want reliable above all else. Which until Dragon is thoroughly proved means Soyuz.

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Quite.

Participating in an exciting launch sounds a little like living in interesting times.

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Participating in an exciting launch sounds more like *not* living in interesting times...

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'Japanese spaceman'

Nipponaut?

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"Sailor of Nippon"??

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Thought it was getting cold..Detected a Nip in the air.

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Ok so who had the sense of humor failure?

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Yuri Malenchenko

He's been on MIR as well as 3 ISS flights and 4 spacewalks! Dude needs to stop hogging the spacecraft and give someone else a chance!

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I think Sergei Krikalov and Michael Foale are both still active, and those two have probably been up more times than everyone else combined.

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Apollo Soyuz Test Project

Oh yeah, and the ISS/Soyuz docking occurred on the 37th anniversary of the Apollo/Soyuz docking for ASTP, which was the first US/Russian space cooperation of any kind.

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Surely someone will offer the Chinese a seat....?

...and then we can have Astronauts, Cosmonauts AND Taikonauts in the same vehicle!

I'll get my coat...

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