Monday, May 27, 2013

Expedition 36 relief crew prepares for launch

Expedition 36 Prime crew in front of Soyuz trainer.

Preparations continue at Baikonur for the Tuesday launch of Soyuz TMA-09M and the second half of the Expedition 36 crew. Commanding the Soyuz will be cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, and with him will be flight engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitarno.

Expedition 36 crew in Russian suits.

The Soyuz is expected to use the advanced orbital techniques to arrive at the ISS in only 6 hours, as opposed to the traditional 2 days previously taken. They are planning to dock the Soyuz to the Russian Rassvet module.

Expedition 36 backup crew on the left, prime crew on the right. From L to R: Koichi Wakata (Japan),   Mikhall Tyurin (Russia), Rick Mastracchio (NASA), Karen Nyberg (NASA), Fyodor Yurchikhin (Russia), and Luca Parmitano (ESA). The suit in the chair is part of the test fit procedures for suit testing for the astronauts.

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