Two Launches Top This Week @NASA
NASA astronaut Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency joined cosmonaut Sergei Volkov aboard the Soyuz spacecraft he commanded and lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for the International Space Station. A little more than two days later, the trio joined Commander Andrey Borisenko, and flight engineers Ron Garan and Alexander Samokutyaev aboard the ISS. Also sent aloft was the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft to orbit the Earth and analyze the oceans for their comparative levels of salinity, a major factor in the flow of currents that, ultimately, affect climate. Plus, magnetic bubbles; final flight's update; unique "portrait"; solar blast; "Wheels" rolls in; Stennis 50th; Balloonsat; Homerama; and Kelly on U2 Tour.