Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Expedition 35 Second Crew Readies for Flight

TMA-08M in preparation.

Currently, Expedition 35 only consists of three astronauts floating high above in the International Space Station. It's commanded by Chris Hadfield, first Canadian astronaut to be in charge of the ISS, and cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and astronaut Tom Marshburn.

Soyuz spacecraft on its side, in preparation. Nearby personnel give a good view of the size. The actual capsule that contains the cosmonauts is in the middle. The ball-shaped front portion to the lower right is a supply and science module that does not return to Earth.

The Soyuz spacecraft is slowly inserted into the third stage fairing.

This week the second half of the Expedition 35 crew will join their teammates in space. The new trio will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday March 28 at about 2:43 p.m. MDT. Watch on NASA TV.

Soyuz third stage attached to the rocket.

TMA-08M Prime crew (sitting) and Backup Crew (standing).

In the picture above, this week's mission crews are flight crew (front, left to right) astronaut Chris Cassiday, Soyuz Commander cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin; backup crew (back, left to right) astronaut Michael Hopkins, and cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy.

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