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Kazakhstan: Italy's first EVER female astronaut heads for ISS01:04

Kazakhstan: Italy's first EVER female astronaut heads for ISS

Kazakhstan, Baikanur Cosmodrone
November 23, 2014 at 12:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

The first ever female Italian astronaut joined the Soyuz TMA-15M crew in preparation for the six-hour flight to the International Space Station (ISS) at the Baikanur Cosmodrome, Sunday. Flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti joined Soyuz TMA-15M commander Anton Shkaplerov and NASA astronaut Terry Virts for liftoff at 10:01 PM CET, Sunday (3:01 AM Local time; GMT-5).

If all goes to plan, Shkaplerov and the rest of the crew will dock at the ISS Rassvet module around 3:53 AM CET on Sunday. The Soyuz TMA-15M crew will boost the ISS lab crew back to six members and will be welcomed by Expedition 42 commander Barry 'Butch' Wilmore, Alexander Samokutyaev and 38-year-old female Russian engineer Elena Serova, who were launched to the outpost on September 25.

The current launch marks the first piloted Soyuz flight since October 2012, while it is only the second time two women will be aboard the ISS simultaneously.

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The first ever female Italian astronaut joined the Soyuz TMA-15M crew in preparation for the six-hour flight to the International Space Station (ISS) at the Baikanur Cosmodrome, Sunday. Flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti joined Soyuz TMA-15M commander Anton Shkaplerov and NASA astronaut Terry Virts for liftoff at 10:01 PM CET, Sunday (3:01 AM Local time; GMT-5).

If all goes to plan, Shkaplerov and the rest of the crew will dock at the ISS Rassvet module around 3:53 AM CET on Sunday. The Soyuz TMA-15M crew will boost the ISS lab crew back to six members and will be welcomed by Expedition 42 commander Barry 'Butch' Wilmore, Alexander Samokutyaev and 38-year-old female Russian engineer Elena Serova, who were launched to the outpost on September 25.

The current launch marks the first piloted Soyuz flight since October 2012, while it is only the second time two women will be aboard the ISS simultaneously.

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