CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - In nine languages, astronauts aboard
the international space station wished for peace in 2009.
The two Americans and one Russian beamed down their New Year's
message Monday from 220 miles above the Earth. Like those Earth-bound, Commander Mike Fincke said he was taking stock of what
was accomplished this year and what he hopes for next year. Flight
engineer Sandy Magnus said their resolution for 2009 will be seeing the orbiting laboratory double its crew capacity to six residents, a milestone for the multinational project.
Then, passing the microphone among themselves, Fincke, Magnus
and cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov spoke the word for "peace" in
languages including Russian, Japanese and Spanish. They ended the
message with a hearty "Happy New Year!" and waves.
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