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Kazakhstan: Soyuz docks with International Space Station

Kazakhstan, Baikonur Cosmodrome
May 29, 2013 at 01:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kazakhstan: Soyuz docks with International Space Station

After a spectacular night launch from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on Tuesday, the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft successfully began its accelerated four-orbit journey to join the three-man crew of the International Space Station (ISS) in an outpost in orbit.

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA's Karen Nyberg and Italian Luca Parmitano from the European Space Agency boarded the spacecraft and will join the ISS Commander Pavel Vinogradov and flight engineers Alexander Misurkin and Chris Cassidy to complete Expedition 36. After the completion in September, Vinogradov, Misurkin and Cassidy will return to Earth aboard the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft, marking the beginning of Expedition 37 with Yurchikhin as commander.

Both expeditions will constitute a five and a half month time frame, and the crew is scheduled to conduct five spacewalks to prepare for the installation of the Russian Multipurpose Laboratory in December.

The new arrivals are replacing Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko who returned from their deployment on May 14.

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Kazakhstan: Soyuz docks with International Space Station

After a spectacular night launch from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on Tuesday, the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft successfully began its accelerated four-orbit journey to join the three-man crew of the International Space Station (ISS) in an outpost in orbit.

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA's Karen Nyberg and Italian Luca Parmitano from the European Space Agency boarded the spacecraft and will join the ISS Commander Pavel Vinogradov and flight engineers Alexander Misurkin and Chris Cassidy to complete Expedition 36. After the completion in September, Vinogradov, Misurkin and Cassidy will return to Earth aboard the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft, marking the beginning of Expedition 37 with Yurchikhin as commander.

Both expeditions will constitute a five and a half month time frame, and the crew is scheduled to conduct five spacewalks to prepare for the installation of the Russian Multipurpose Laboratory in December.

The new arrivals are replacing Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko who returned from their deployment on May 14.

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