A carrier rocket “Soyuz-FG” was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome with a manned spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-06M” and the new ISS crew. Cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky (Roscosmos), Eugene Tarelkin (Roscosmos) and Kevin Ford (NASA) went to the near-Earth orbit. The docking of the new Russian “Soyuz” with the ISS should happen today, on October, 25th.
For the Russians Novitsky and Tarelkin it’s the first flight into space, while Ford is flying for the second time.
The flight of the new crew at the station is planned to last 148 days. They have to unload four transport ships “Progress” and one European truck ATV-4. The crew of the 33rd expedition is not planned to have spacewalks.
These are Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitsky and Eugene Tarelkin at the spaceship “Soyuz”.
“Soyuz TMA-06M” is being transported by railway to the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The spaceship has come to the rocket site.
The fox is guessing what all those people are doing.
“Soyuz TMA-06M” is on the rocket site two days before the launch.
Eugene Tarelkin, Oleg Novitsky and Kevin Ford are planting trees at the cosmodrome a week before the start.
Kevin Ford is examining the spaceship.
Chief epidemiologist of the Cosmonaut Training Center named after Yuri Gagarin and others are waiting for the cosmonauts at the hotel. Traditionally cosmonauts and austronauts leave their signatures on this door.
The cosmonauts are being blessed by the Orthodox priest not long before the start.
The spaceship should be blessed too.
As well as the camera of the photographer…
The cosmonauts are welcoming the people.
The spaceship is being prepared for the launch.
Some seconds remain before the flight.
And it is taking off.
The spaceship is flying away from the cosmodrome.
This is Eugene Tarelkin.
It’s Oleg Novitsky.
And this is Kevin Ford.
We hope they flight will end successfully.