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Ham Astronauts Swap Places on International Space Station:

from The ARRL Letter on April 20, 2017
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Ham Astronauts Swap Places on International Space Station:

With US Astronaut and ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, now back on Earth, two more radio amateurs headed into space this week from Kazakhstan to join the ISS crew members that Kimbrough and Russian crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko left behind on the ISS. The returning trio touched down safely in Kazakhstan on April 10 after spending 173 days aboard the orbiting laboratory.

"Our crew landed safely in Kazakhstan!" Kimbrough tweeted shortly after arriving in Kazakhstan. "We are looking forward to time with family and friends."

During his time on the orbital complex, Kimbrough participated in several Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS http://www.ariss.org) school contacts. In addition to his scientific research activities, he also ventured outside the confines of the space station for four spacewalks.

The Expedition 51/52 crew increment of NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, KG5FYH, and veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI, launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, today (April 20).

The pair will travel on board a Soyuz MS-04 vehicle on a fast-track, 6-hour course to the space station and dock to the Poisk module. Welcoming them aboard will be Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, Oleg Novitskiy, and Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG.

Fischer, a first-time space flier, and Yurchikhin, a veteran of four spaceflights, will spend more than 4 months aboard the ISS, returning to Earth in early September.

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The ARRL Letter

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