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Endeavour Undocks From the Space Station.
April 30, 2001
Tito Reaches International Space Station
Endeavour Undocks From the Space Station
Pioneer 10 Makes Contact
TITO REACHES INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
So far, it looks like Dennis Tito's $20 million dream is coming true, as his Russian Soyuz capsule docked with the International Space Station earlier today - the Soyuz TM-32 spacecraft docked with ISS at 0758 GMT (3:58am EDT), and the hatch between the two was opened 90 minutes later. Tito and cosmonauts Talgat Musabayev and Yuri Baturin were greeted warmly by the crew of the station. The cosmonauts will remain on board the station until Saturday night, at which point they'll depart using the older Soyuz that has been docked to the station for the past six months.
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ENDEAVOUR UNDOCKS FROM THE SPACE STATION
The Space Shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station on Sunday, with all the objectives for mission STS-100 completed. The undocking was originally scheduled for Saturday, but it was pushed back a day because of computer problems earlier in the week. By Sunday, the station's computers were operational again, and Endeavour was able to push off with plenty of time to make room for the Soyuz docking early Monday morning. The shuttle is expected to land at Florida's Cape Canaveral on Tuesday morning; although bad weather could force delays.
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PIONEER 10 MAKES CONTACT
After hearing nothing but static for 9 months, NASA has made contact with the Pioneer 10 Space probe again. The spacecraft hadn't been heard from since August 19, 2000, which led scientists to believe its transmitter was working, or it had even gone completely dead. But, 11 billion kilometres away from the Earth, and 29 years old, it seems the faithful spacecraft is still able to transmit information to NASA - just to send a message and hear the reply takes 22 hours. Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to photograph Jupiter up close, and became the first man-made object to leave our Solar System.
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