The rumors about an alleged collision of the ISS with an unidentified piece of metal, spread by some mass media, did not seem to bother the station crew that celebrated the Thanksgiving Day in space.
"Alexander Kaleri and Michael Foal have a light workload during the holiday," reported NASA public relations coordinator Sergei Puzanov in an interview with RIA Novosti.
"The crew will celebrate the holiday with delicious turkey and rice and will receive greetings from friends and relatives by e-mail or by satellite communications," he said.
Space technology also allows conducting a videoconference with close relatives of the astronauts. Connecting a video camera to a notebook computer, the crew will be able to download a "picture" from the ISS directly to a computer at relatives' home. "I am not sure about Alexander, but Michael will definitely use the computer up-link today," said Mr. Puzanov.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea