Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Expedition 46 Arrives at ISS

Soyuz TMA-19M blasts off from Baikonur.

Another Soyuz rocket lifted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 4:03 am Mountain time this morning. On board were Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko (Roscosmos), Tim Copra (NASA), and Tim Peake (ESA). The take off looked beautiful in the late afternoon skies, and the Soyuz craft headed for a quick 6 hour flight to the International Space Station. 
A Soyuz spacecraft docked to the ISS in 2014.
At 10:33 am Mountain Time, the Soyuz completed rendezvous maneuvers and docked with the station at the Rasvet module docking hatch. Hatch opening was set for a little after 12 pm Mountain time. The crew of the Soyuz will join Expedition 46 commander Scott Kelly (NASA - one one year mission), flight engineer Mikhail Kornienko (Roscosmos - one year mission), and flight engineer Sergey Volkov (also from Roscosmos). 

TMA-19M crew before boarding. Top to bottom - Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra, Tim Peake. Credits:NASA TV.
In the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, the booster carrying Soyuz TMA-19M is pushed out to the launch pad by a railroad engine.

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