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Last Friday, the crew of Soyuz TMA-07M were formally welcomed back to earth in Star City. They had the traditional Russian welcome of bread and salt, and placed flowers at Yuri Gagarin’s statue. They also received gifts and awards.

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An update on Soyuz TMA-09M. The crew of Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano arrived at Baikonur and have been through their first and second fit checks in the Soyuz. The press was also allowed in for a day and watched the crew exercise, relax and plant their traditional trees. They launch on May 28.

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Watch Soyuz TMA-07M land tonight! You can watch here. Here’s the schedule:
Undocking from ISS: 7:08 pm ET (4:08 pm PT)
Deorbit burn: 9:37 pm ET (6:37 pm PT)
Landing near Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan: 10:31 pm ET (7:31 pm PT)
I’m sorry I haven’t been around lately, but I should be back to regular posting soon. And I’m working tonight, so I won’t be able to liveblog this landing.

Watch Soyuz TMA-07M land tonight! You can watch here. Here’s the schedule:

  • Undocking from ISS: 7:08 pm ET (4:08 pm PT)
  • Deorbit burn: 9:37 pm ET (6:37 pm PT)
  • Landing near Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan: 10:31 pm ET (7:31 pm PT)

I’m sorry I haven’t been around lately, but I should be back to regular posting soon. And I’m working tonight, so I won’t be able to liveblog this landing.

The launch of Soyuz TMA-08M. According to tradition, the crew sign their room doors and are blessed by a Russian Orthodox priest. The crew then put on their sokol suits, have them checked for leaks and head out to the launch pad. After launch, the crew made the first expedited docking after only six hours, instead of two days.

(Source: GCTC)

Soyuz TMA-08M launches today! The rocket is scheduled to take off at 4:43 pm ET (1:43 pm PT). This is the first manned Soyuz that will have a quick rendezvous to the International Space Station. Instead of taking two days to reach the ISS, it will only take six hours after launch. The docking is scheduled at 10:32 pm ET (7:32 pm PT) with hatch opening at 12:10 a.m. ET March 29 (9:10 pm PT March 28)

You can watch here.

Soyuz TMA-08M launches today! The rocket is scheduled to take off at 4:43 pm ET (1:43 pm PT). This is the first manned Soyuz that will have a quick rendezvous to the International Space Station. Instead of taking two days to reach the ISS, it will only take six hours after launch. The docking is scheduled at 10:32 pm ET (7:32 pm PT) with hatch opening at 12:10 a.m. ET March 29 (9:10 pm PT March 28)

You can watch here.

Yelena Serova and the rest of her crew, Aleksandr Samokutyayev and Barry Wilmore, had their turn at winter survival training. Serova even got to pretend to have a broken leg. She becomes the fourth Russian woman in space next year in September.

(Source: 1 & 2)

Maksim Surayev, Gregory Wiseman (NASA) and Alexander Gerst (Germany) participated in winter survival training. This simulates what it would be like if the Soyuz landed in winter and the rescue team could not reach the crew for a couple of days. This crew will be part of ISS expeditions 40/41 starting in May 2014.

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Kevin Ford, Yevgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitsky in the Cupola of the International Space Station. The Canadarm2 robotic arm’s Latching End Effector (LEE) is visible through a window in the background.
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Kevin Ford, Yevgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitsky in the Cupola of the International Space Station. The Canadarm2 robotic arm’s Latching End Effector (LEE) is visible through a window in the background.

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Georgi Beregovoy with American astronaut, Frank Borman. Nikolai Kaminin, head of the training center, related an anecdote in his diary about the Bormans’ trip to the Soviet Union in July 1969. While discussing the amended schedule as their plane had been delayed, Borman’s wife was worried about going to Novosibirsk, in Siberia. “Isn’t it cold there?” She had to be reassured that it was actually 32°C (89°F), warmer than Moscow at the time.

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Pavel Vinogradov, David Wolf and Anatoly Solovyov celebrate Christmas on Mir in 1997.
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Pavel Vinogradov, David Wolf and Anatoly Solovyov celebrate Christmas on Mir in 1997.

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The launch of Soyuz TMA-07M. The crew wore thermal suits over the sokol suits to protect themselves from the cold. Yuri Romanenko was there to watch his son Roman launch.

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It was press day yesterday for the crew of Soyuz TMA-07M. The media is invited into quarantine and films them exercising, relaxing and getting ready for the flight.

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Deke Slayton and Tom Stafford, two of the American Apollo-Soyuz crew, fishing with Vladimir Shatalov in Novosibirsk. They also met a dog. (Too bad they’re small photos)

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The crew of Soyuz TMA-07M arrived at Baikonur yesterday. Today they checked out their Soyuz and Sokol suits.

(Source: 1 & 2)

The Soyuz TMA-07M crew participated in some pre-launch traditions yesterday. They signed the guest book in Yuri Gagarin’s office, then visited Moscow’s Red Square. They laid flowers for Yuri Gagarin and Sergei Korolyov interred in the Kremlin wall and toured around the Kremlin.

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