Thursday, April 1, 2010

Rocket Ready for Expedition 23

Russian Soyuz TMA-18

Reinforcements for the current Expedition 23 on the ISS are preparing for liftoff at around 10 a.m. (Kazakhstan time). Engineers Alexander Skvortsov, Tracy Dyson, and Mikhail Kornienko will join the original 3 Expedition members: Oleg Kotov (commander), TJ Creamer, and Soichi Noguchi.

I had originally thought of doing an April Fool's joke on the blog, when I realized I was too late: the joke is on us, the American space-program supporters. With the cancelation of an actual planned space program, the Obama administration is forcing us to buy rides from the Russians for many years until we (hopefully) get our engineering brains in gear. Enjoy the ride, folks.

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