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Fincke, Edward Michael 'Mike'
Fincke
Fincke
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American test pilot mission specialist astronaut 1996-on. 381 cumulative days in space, record for an American, but over 20 Russian cosmonauts had more.

Status: Active 1996-on. Born: 1967-03-14. Spaceflights: 3 . Total time in space: 381.63 days. Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Grew up in Emsworth, Pennsylvania. Educated MIT, including a summer on an exchange program at MAI in Moscow. US Air Force test pilot, also served as exchange pilot in Japan on F-2 program.

Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:Edward Michael "Mike" Fincke (COLONEL, U.S. AIR FORCE, RETIRED)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA: Born March 14, 1967, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but considers Emsworth, Pennsylvania, to be his hometown. Married to the former Renita Saikia of Houston, Texas. They have three children. In addition to time with his family, Col. Fincke enjoys travel, geology, astronomy, learning new languages and reading. He is conversant in Japanese and Russian. His parents, Edward and Alma Fincke, reside in Emsworth, Pennsylvania. Renita's parents, Rupesh and Probha Saikia, formerly of Assam, India, reside in Houston, Texas.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Sewickley Academy, Sewickley, Pennsylvania, in 1985. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on an Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as a Bachelor of Science in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. This was followed by a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1990. He was awarded an Associate of Science Degree in Earth Sciences (geology) from El Camino College in Torrance, California, in 1993 and a second Master of Science in Physical Sciences (planetary geology) from the University of Houston - Clear Lake in 2001.

SPECIAL HONORS: In addition to two NASA Distinguished Service Medals and three NASA Spaceflight Medals, Colonel Fincke is a recipient of the first International Space Station Leadership Award as well as the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Meritorious Service Medals, among others for his military service. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Air Force ROTC, Squadron Officer School and Test Pilot School Programs and the recipient of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Col. Ray Jones Award as the Top Flight Test Engineer/Flight Test Navigator in class 93B.

EXPERIENCE: Col. Fincke graduated from MIT in 1989 and immediately attended a summer exchange program with the Moscow Aviation Institute in the former Soviet Union where he studied cosmonautics. Upon graduation from Stanford University in 1990, he entered the United States Air Force where he "washed out" of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program and then was reassigned as a Space Systems Engineer and a Space Test Engineer at Los Angeles Air Force Base. As a Flight Test Engineer at Edwards and Eglin Air Force Bases, he flew in F-16 and F-15 aircraft. In January 1996, he reported to the Gifu Test Center, Gifu Air Base, Japan, where he was the United States Flight Test Liaison to the Japanese/United States XF-2 fighter program. Col. Fincke has over 1,100 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft types.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in April 1996, Col. Fincke reported to the Johnson Space Center where he completed two years of training and evaluation. He was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch, serving as an International Space Station Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM), a member of the Crew Test Support Team in Russia and as the space station Crew Procedures Team Lead. He also served as a backup crewmember for Expeditions 4 and 6 as well as backup commander for Expeditions 13 and 16. He is qualified to fly as a left-seat flight engineer (co-pilot) on the Russian Soyuz TM and TMA spacecraft. He was the commander of the second NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO 2) mission, living and working underwater for 7 days in May of 2002, and was on the CAVES 2012 crew, living underground and exploring for six days, sponsored by the European Space Agency in September 2012.

Col. Fincke is currenly in the Exploration Branch of the Astronaut Office where he supports NASA's Commercial Crew Program and serves as a space station CAPCOM.

SPACEFLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Expedition 9 (April 18 to October 23, 2004). Expedition 9 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, aboard the Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft. As the NASA space station science officer and flight engineer, Col. Fincke spent six months aboard the station, continuing science operations, maintaining station systems and performing four spacewalks. The Expedition 9 mission concluded with undocking from the station and safe landing back in Kazakhstan on October 23, 2004.

Expedition 18 (October 12, 2008 to April 8, 2009). Expedition 18 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft. As the commander, Fincke and his three-person crew helped prepare the station for future six-person crews and hosted the space shuttle crews of STS-126 and STS-119. The Expedition 18 mission concluded with undocking from the station and safe landing back in Kazakhstan on April 8, 2009.

STS-134 (May 16 to June 1, 2011). The STS-134 mission marked the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. Fincke served as mission specialist 1 on the flight deck and as one of the spacewalkers and robotic arm operators. The STS-134 crew delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a state-of-the-art cosmic ray particle physics detector, to the International Space Station.

Col. Fincke has a total of 381 days, 15 hours and 11 minutes in orbit and has logged 48 hours and 37 minutes of EVA time on nine spacewalks.

JANUARY 2014


NASA Official Biography

NAME: Edward Michael "Mike" Fincke (Captain, USAF)
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Mission Specialist)

PERSONAL DATA:
Born March 14, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but considers Emsworth, Pennsylvania to be his home town. Single. He is the oldest of 9 children. Enjoys hiking, flying, travel, Geology, Astronomy, learning new languages, reading. Captain Fincke is conversant in Japanese and Russian. His parents, Edward and Alma Fincke reside in Emsworth, Pennsylvania.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from Sewickley Academy, Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1985. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1989 with a bachelor of science in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as a bachelor of science in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. He then received a master of science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1990.

ORGANIZATIONS:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) and the Geological Society of America (GSA).

SPECIAL HONORS:
Recipient of two United States Air Force Commendation Medals, the United States Air Force Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards. Distinguished graduate from the United States Air Force ROTC and Squadron Officer School and Test Pilot School Programs. Recipient of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School Colonel Ray Jones Award as the top Flight Test Engineer/Flight Test Navigator in class 93B.

EXPERIENCE:
Captain Fincke graduated from MIT in 1989, and immediately attended a Summer exchange program with the Moscow Aviation Institute in the former Soviet Union, where he studied Cosmonautics. After graduation from Stanford University in 1990, Captain Fincke entered the United States Air Force where he was assigned to the Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. There he served as a Space Systems Engineer and a Space Test Engineer. In 1994, upon completion of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, California, Captain Fincke joined the 39th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where he served as a Flight Test Engineer working on a variety of flight test programs, flying the F-16 and F-15 aircraft. In January of 1996, he reported to the Gifu Test Center, Gifu Air Base, Japan where he was the United States Flight Test Liaison to the Japanese/United States XF-2 fighter program.

Captain Fincke has over 500 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft types.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
Selected by NASA in April 1996, Captain Fincke reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996 to begin two years of training and evaluation. Successful completion of this training will qualify him for various technical assignments leading to selection as a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle flight crew.

JANUARY 1997


More at: Fincke.

Family: Mission Specialist Astronaut, NASA Group 16 - 1996. Country: USA. Spacecraft: ISS. Flights: STS-108 ISS EO-4, STS-113 ISS EO-6, STS-119A, Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-8, Soyuz TMA-11, Soyuz TMA-13, STS-134. Agency: USAF. Bibliography: 12, 5382.

1967 March 14 - .
  • Birth of Edward Michael 'Mike' Fincke - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke. American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on ISS EO-9, ISS EO-18. 365 cumulative days in space..

1983 December 5 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 16 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Brown, David, Burbank, Cagle, Caldeiro, Camarda, Carey, Clark, Fincke, Forrester, Frick, Guidoni, Herrington, Higginbotham, Hobaugh, Kelly, James, Kelly, Mark, Kelly, Scott, Lockhart, Loria, Magnus, Massimino, Mastracchio, McCool, Morin, Nowak, Pettit, Phillips.

    The group was selected to provide pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights.. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. 10 pilots and 25 mission specialists selected from over 2,400 applicants. 9 additional international astronauts.


1998 December 13 - .
  • STS-88 Mission Status Report # 22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Cabana, Currie, Fincke, Newman, Ross, Sturckow. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-88.

    For the first time ever, the new International Space Station Flight Control Room in Houston issued a wake-up call to orbiting astronauts. At 10:36 a.m. CST, space station communicator Astronaut Mike Fincke awoke Endeavour's crew with the song" Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" as they prepare to say "goodnight" to the space station. Additional Details: here....


2004 January 15 - .
2004 April 2 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Foale, Kaleri, Kuipers, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-3. Plans for the next crew rotation on the International Space Station are on schedule this week, as the Expedition 8 crew members moved into their final month on orbit and their successors to within weeks of their scheduled launch.. Additional Details: here....

2004 April 9 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Foale, Kaleri, Kuipers, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-3.

    Three weeks remain in the six-month voyage aboard the International Space Station for Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri as the Expedition 8 crew prepares to return home later this month. Their week aboard the station focused on wrapping up science experiments and tidying up for their replacement crew, which is in Russia for launch preparations. Additional Details: here....


2004 April 16 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-19 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Foale, Kaleri, Kuipers, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-3. Work to prepare for the eighth International Space Station crew exchange continued on schedule this week, both on the Station and at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.. Additional Details: here....

2004 April 18 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Foale, Kaleri, Kuipers, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-3.

    New residents arrived at the International Space Station at 12:01 a.m. CDT (0501 GMT, 9:01 a.m. Moscow time) Wednesday. Docking of the Expedition 9 Crew's Soyuz spacecraft (ISS Soyuz 8 / TMA-4) initiated a nine-day handover and science operation by a visiting European Space Agency researcher. Additional Details: here....


2004 April 18 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Foale, Kaleri, Kuipers, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-3.

    A new crew is en route to the International Space Station following the launch tonight of the ISS Soyuz 8 spacecraft carrying Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke and visiting researcher European Space Agency Astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands. Additional Details: here....


2004 April 19 - . 03:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-4 - . Call Sign: Altair. Crew: Fincke, Kuipers, Padalka. Return Crew: Fincke, Padalka, Shargin. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 214. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Fincke, Kuipers, Padalka, Shargin. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev bureau. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-3, Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-4 Delta. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 187.89 days. Decay Date: 2004-10-24 . USAF Sat Cat: 28228 . COSPAR: 2004-013A. Apogee: 367 km (228 mi). Perigee: 359 km (223 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.80 min.

    Soyuz TMA-4 was ISS transport mission ISS 8S and delivered the EO-9 caretaker crew of Gennadiy Padalka and Michael Fincke, together with the ESA/Netherlands Delta mission crewmember Andre Kuipers, to the Space Station. Soyuz TMA-4 docked with the nadir port on Zarya at 05:01 GMT on April 21 and the hatches to the ISS were opened at 06:30 GMT. Another gyro on the station had shut down prior to the docking and possibly would require a maintenance spacewalk to replace its failed electronics.

    After Soyuz TMA-5 docked with the ISS on October 16, the EO-9 crew handed activities over to the EO-10 crew.


2004 April 23 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Foale, Kaleri, Kuipers, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-3, Soyuz TMA-4 Delta. New crewmembers aboard the International Space Station settled into a routine of handover briefings and scientific experiments after their arrival early Wednesday.. Additional Details: here....

2004 April 29 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-23 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Foale, Kaleri, Kuipers, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-3, Soyuz TMA-4 Delta.

    Completing more than six months in space, the International Space Station Expedition 8 crew, Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, returned to Earth today, bringing with them European Space Agency Astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, who had spent nine days aboard the complex conducting research. Additional Details: here....


2004 May 7 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-24 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Foale, Kaleri, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. The new crew of the International Space Station spent its first full week alone concentrating on life science research, spacewalk preparations, and becoming comfortable with their new home in orbit.. Additional Details: here....

2004 May 14 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4.

    International Space Station Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke eased into a regular schedule of operations in orbit this week, preparing spacesuits for checkouts next week and loading trash aboard a Progress vehicle that will soon depart. Additional Details: here....


2004 May 21 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. Aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 9 crew closed out its first month in space with a busy week of spacewalk preparations, including a spacesuit dress rehearsal.. Additional Details: here....

2004 May 25 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-27 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. An unmanned Russian Progress resupply ship blasted off today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver 21/2 tons of food, water, fuel and supplies to the residents of the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2004 May 27 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-28 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. An unmanned Russian resupply ship smoothly linked up to the International Space Station this morning, delivering two and a half tons of food, water, fuel, spare parts and supplies to the two residents on board.. Additional Details: here....

2004 June 4 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-29 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. The Expedition 9 crew aboard the International Space Station spent the week unpacking a Russian resupply ship and getting ready for a June spacewalk to replace a faulty circuit breaker.. Additional Details: here....

2004 June 10 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-30 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. The Expedition 9 crew, Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke, spent their seventh week aboard the Station continuing to prepare for their first spacewalk, now under consideration to be conducted June 24.. Additional Details: here....

2004 June 18 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-31 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. Father's Day came early for Astronaut Mike Fincke, 225 miles in space aboard the International Space Station, as he received the best present on Earth -- baby daughter Tarali Paulina Fincke, born Friday.. Additional Details: here....

2004 June 24 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-32 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. A spacewalk intended to replace a faulty circuit breaker on the exterior of the International Space Station was cut short when the primary oxygen bottle on Astronaut Mike Fincke's Russian space suit began losing pressure faster than expected.. Additional Details: here....

2004 June 24 - . 21:57 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-9-1 - . Crew: Fincke, Padalka. EVA Duration: 0.0097 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4.

    The astronauts exited the station at 21:56 GMT on what was to be a six hour spacewalk to replace a failed gyroscope electronics module. The EVA had already been delayed from 10, then 16 June. The original plan was to use American suits, but a coolant leak in one of those forced the crew to use Russian suits. This in turn meant they would have to exist from the airlock in the station's Russian Pirs module, which in turn extended the distance they would have to travel outside the station to 30 m. Eight minutes after exiting the hatch, a serious leak was detected by Russian ground controllers in Fincke's suit. The crew was called back in and it was planned that the EVA would be repeated six days later.


2004 June 25 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-34 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. Specialists in Moscow today continued to analyze the cause of an unexpectedly high rate of pressure loss in the primary oxygen bottle on Astronaut Mike Fincke's Russian space suit, which terminated Thursday's spacewalk after 14 minutes.. Additional Details: here....

2004 June 25 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-33 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. Specialists in Moscow today continued to analyze the cause of an unexpectedly high rate of pressure loss in the primary oxygen bottle on Astronaut Mike Fincke's Russian space suit, which terminated Thursday's spacewalk after 14 minutes.. Additional Details: here....

2004 June 29 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-35 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4.

    Mission managers today gave a green light to proceed on Wednesday with a second spacewalk to attempt to repair a circuit breaker on the International Space Station. The repair is planned to restore power to one of four gyroscopes that help orient the complex. Additional Details: here....


2004 June 30 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-36 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka, Walheim. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. The second time was the charm for two International Space Station spacewalkers tonight as they moved with ease to restore power to a key control system, completed a series of bonus jobs to get ahead on future work, and finished up ahead of schedule.. Additional Details: here....

2004 July 1 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-37 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. Flight controllers today fully revved up a gyroscope on the International Space Station that spacewalkers brought back to life Wednesday. They plan to return it to the set of gyroscopes controlling the Station's orientation Friday morning.. Additional Details: here....

2004 July 1 - . 21:19 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-9-2 - . Crew: Fincke, Padalka. EVA Duration: 0.24 days. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. The crew serviced an ISS gyroscope..

2004 July 2 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-38 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4.

    A newly reactivated gyroscope on the International Space Station today was successfully brought on line for attitude control at 6:20 a.m. CDT. The Control Moment Gyroscope 2 was fully operational at 6,600 revolutions per minute Thursday afternoon after being powered back on as a result of this week's spacewalk. Testing overnight proved its operation adequate for orientation control. Additional Details: here....


2004 July 9 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-39 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. Aboard the International Space Station, work focused on science, spacesuit troubleshooting and routine maintenance as the Expedition 9 crew sailed through its 12th week in space.. Additional Details: here....

2004 July 16 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-40 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. Aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 9 crew concentrated on a host of scientific experiments and routine systems maintenance work in its 13th week in orbit.. Additional Details: here....

2004 July 23 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-41 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4.

    The International Space Station's Expedition 9 crewmembers passed the halfway point of their six-month mission this week as they prepared for a third spacewalk and joined the world in observing the 35th anniversary of the first landing of humans on the moon. Additional Details: here....


2004 July 30 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-42 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke this week marked their 100th day in orbit, oversaw the undocking of a resupply craft and prepared for their third spacewalk.. Additional Details: here....

2004 August 3 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-43 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4.

    Two International Space Station spacewalkers began rolling out the welcome mat for a new cargo vehicle this morning. Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke spent 4 hours outside the Station swapping out experiments and installing hardware associated with Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), scheduled to launch on its maiden voyage to ISS next year. Additional Details: here....


2004 August 3 - . 06:58 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-9-3 - . Crew: Fincke, Padalka. EVA Duration: 0.19 days. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. The crew installed two antennas and replaced three laser reflectors of the rendezvous and docking system..

2004 August 6 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-44 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4.

    Aboard the International Space Station this week, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke resumed scientific investigations, routine maintenance, and preparations for the arrival of a new cargo ship - all following a spacewalk on Tuesday. Additional Details: here....


2004 August 11 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-45 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. An unpiloted Russian cargo ship blasted off this morning from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a three-day journey to deliver almost three tons of food, fuel, oxygen, water and supplies to the residents of the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2004 August 13 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-46 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. The Expedition 9 crew aboard the International Space Station prepared this week to receive another shipment of supplies. The crew also worked on several science experiments and routine maintenance of Station systems.. Additional Details: here....

2004 August 14 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-47 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao, Fincke, Padalka, Sharipov. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-5. An unpiloted Russian cargo ship linked up the International Space Station this morning to deliver almost three tons of food, fuel, oxygen, water and supplies to the residents onboard.. Additional Details: here....

2004 August 20 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-48 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. The International Space Station crew focused this week on unloading 2 tons of new equipment and supplies from a cargo craft that arrived Saturday.. Additional Details: here....

2004 August 27 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-49 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. Success was the key word this week aboard the International Space Station as maintenance efforts by the Expedition 9 crew paid off on several major equipment items.. Additional Details: here....

2004 September 3 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-50 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4.

    Smoothly and ahead of schedule, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke completed the fourth and final spacewalk of their six-month mission today. Padalka and Fincke spent five hours, 21 minutes outside completing mainenance tasks and installing antennas to prepare for the initial arrival of a new European cargo ship next year. Additional Details: here....


2004 September 3 - . 16:43 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-9-4 - . Crew: Fincke, Padalka. EVA Duration: 0.24 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4.

    The hatch was opened at 16:43 GMT. The astronauts used the Russian Orlan suits M-25 and M-26, requiring them to exit from the Pirs module airlock. The 70 kg PIG container on the Zarya module with the RRZh1 flow regulator valve panel was removed and jettisoned Three antennae were installed on the Zvezda module for future rendezvous and docking operations with the European ATV logistics spacecraft.


2004 September 10 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-51 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. The oxygen-producing Elektron in of the International Space Station was restarted today after a troubleshooting procedure by Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, but shut down again after operating for just over an hour.. Additional Details: here....

2004 September 17 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-52 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4. Almost two weeks of troubleshooting apparently paid off today for the Expedition 9 crew as they restored an onboard oxygen generating unit to operation.. Additional Details: here....

2004 September 24 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-53 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao, Fincke, Padalka, Sharipov. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-5, Soyuz TMA-5 ISS EP-7.

    With less than a month remaining in their stay aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke are preparing the orbiting complex for its next residents. The crew's work this week included taking inventory, performing maintenance on exercise equipment and continued troubleshooting of the onboard oxygen generator. Additional Details: here....


2004 October 1 - .
2004 October 8 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-55 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao, Fincke, Padalka, Shargin, Sharipov. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-5, Soyuz TMA-5 ISS EP-7.

    As the end of its mission approaches, the Expedition 9 crew aboard the International Space Station prepared for the trip home by wrapping up science experiments and continuing maintenance operations of the vehicle. After spending six months onboard, the crew will greet its first visitors one week from today. Additional Details: here....


2004 October 13 - .
2004 October 16 - .
2004 October 23 - .
2004 October 24 - .
  • Landing of Soyuz TMA-4 - . Return Crew: Fincke, Padalka, Shargin. Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Fincke, Padalka, Shargin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-5, Soyuz TMA-5 ISS EP-7.

    At 1814 GMT on October 23 Padalka, Fincke and guest cosmonaut Shargin (delivered for a one week mission aboard Soyuz TMA-5), entered Soyuz TMA-4 and closed the hatches leaving Chiao and Sharipov as the EO-10 station crew. Soyuz TMA-4 undocked at 21:08 GMT and made a small separation burn at 21:11 GMT. At 23:42 GMT the deorbit burn lowered the orbit from 353 x 366 km to -23 x 355 km. The descent module separated at 00:08 GMT on October 24, with a landing at 50.47 deg N / 67.12 deg E near Arkalyk at 00:36 GMT.


2004 October 29 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-59 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chiao, Fincke, Padalka, Shargin, Sharipov. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-5, Soyuz TMA-5 ISS EP-7.

    The latest crewmembers to live and work aboard the International Space Station took a brief break early this week following handover from their departing colleagues, then began in earnest to acclimate themselves to their new home and orbiting laboratory. Additional Details: here....


2004 November 6 - .
2008 October 12 - . 07:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-13 - . Call Sign: Titan. Crew: Fincke, Garriott, Richard, Lonchakov. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 223. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Fincke, Garriott, Richard, Lonchakov. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-13. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 178.01 days. Decay Date: 2009-04-08 . USAF Sat Cat: 33399 . COSPAR: 2008-050A. Apogee: 362 km (224 mi). Perigee: 352 km (218 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.70 min. Docked at the Zarya port of the ISS on 14 October at 08:26 GMT..

2008 December 23 - .
  • EVA ISS EO-18-1 - . Crew: Fincke, Lonchakov. EVA Duration: 0.23 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke, Lonchakov. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-13. The crew installed a Langmuir probe on the Pirs module and returned the Biorisk cannister from the Zvezda module. An Expose-R experiment failed to activate and was removed and returned to the airlock.

2009 March 10 - .
  • EVA ISS EO-18-2 - . Crew: Fincke, Lonchakov. EVA Duration: 0.20 days. Nation: Russia, USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-13. The crew installed the EXPOSE-R onto the universal science platform of the Zvezda module, removed tape straps from the area of the docking target on the Pirs airlock and docking compartment, inspected and photographed the exterior of the Russian module..

2011 May 16 - . 12:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-134 - . Call Sign: Endeavour. Crew: Chamitoff, Feustel, Fincke, Johnson, Gregory H, Kelly, Mark, Vittori. Payload: Endeavour F25 / ELC-3 / AMS-02. Mass: 121,830 kg (268,580 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-21, STS-134. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Duration: 15.74 days. Decay Date: 2011-06-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 37577 . COSPAR: 2011-020A. Apogee: 345 km (214 mi). Perigee: 337 km (209 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min.

    Final space station assembly mission. Also delivered spare parts. Endeavour docked with the Station at 10:14 GMT on 18 May. The ELC-3 carrier was unberthed from the shuttle at 13:27 GMT and installed on the Station's truss at 16:09 GMT. The AMS-02 Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer was unberthed at 06:59 GMT on 19 May and bolted to the Station's S3 truss at 09:46 GMT. Cargo Bay Manifest:

    • External Airlock/ODS: 1800 kg
    • EMU spacesuits 3004, 3018: 260
    • RMS arm 201: 410 kg
    • Orbiter Boom Sensor System: 382 kg
    • Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (particle detector to search for antimatter): 6917
    • STORRM (lidar to test rendezvous and docking technology for the Orion spacecraft): 17 kg
    • PPSU-2 electronics box: 17 kg
    • SPDU: 17 kg kg
    • ROEU 755 umbilical for ELC-3: 90 kg
    • ROEU 751 umbilical for AMS-02: 78 kg
    • MISSE carriers (3): 171 kg
    • MISSE 8 experiment (studies the effect of exposing various materials to space): 45 kg
    • Express Logistics Carrier:
      • ELC-3 plus support hardware: 3207 kg
      • Cargo Transport Container: 476 kg
      • SASA-2R S-band antenna: 116 kg
      • SASA-3R S-band antenna: 116 kg
      • SPDM Arm 3/OCTM: 342 kg
      • SPDM support hardware: 269 kg
      • HPGA oxygen tank: 552 kg
      • ATA-2 ammonia tank: 772 kg
      • STP-H3 experiment package (set of US DoD Space Test Program experiments, including thermal control systems and space environment sensors): 500 kg
    • Total Payload: 16,554 kg

2011 May 22 - .
2011 May 25 - .
2011 May 27 - .
  • EVA STS-134-4 - . Crew: Chamitoff, Fincke. EVA Duration: 0.31 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-21, STS-134. Moved the Orbiter Boom Sensor System from the shuttle to an ISS truss. Completed other external work on the Dextre arm and the PMM module. This EVA completed assembly of the US segment of the ISS..


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