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Arcing Towards Orbit

In this two-minute exposure, the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket heads from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan towards orbit with Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency onboard. The trio launched Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 (Nov. 6 in the U.S.), bound for a docking at the International Space Station about six hours later.

crookedindifference:

Arcing Towards Orbit

In this two-minute exposure, the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket heads from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan towards orbit with Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency onboard. The trio launched Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 (Nov. 6 in the U.S.), bound for a docking at the International Space Station about six hours later.

The Soyuz waiting to go. About 5 minutes to go.

Watch Soyuz TMA-11M Launch today!

The next flight to the International Space Station leaves today with Mikhail Tyurin, Richard Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata. They are also bringing the Olympic Torch with them (I saw it when it passed through my city a few weeks ago, it was pretty neat). Here’s the schedule:

  • Launch: 11:14pm ET (8:14pm PT) Nov. 7
  • Docking to ISS: 5:31am ET (2:31am PT) Nov. 8
  • Hatch Opening: 7:40am ET (4:40am PT) Nov. 8
You can watch here.

(Photo sources: 1 & 2)

The Soyuz is now in orbit around the earth and the cat is floating around the soyuz. And a shot of the telemetry screen, what the crew is looking at.

Soyuz TMA-10M has launched! Everything going well so far, the boosters and launch shroud have been jettisoned.

About 6ish minutes to go. The blue thing inside the soyuz is a talisman used as the zero gravity indicator. It’s a cat from Oleg Kotov’s children.

Some shots of the crew being suited up. Around 30 minutes until launch.

Soyuz TMA-10M launches Today!
Soyuz TMA-10M, with commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineers Sergei Ryazansky and Michael Hopkins, launches today from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The schedule for today is:
Launch: 4:58 pm ET (1:58 pm PT)
Docking: 10:48 pm ET (7:48 pm PT)
Hatch Opening: Sept 26 12:25 am ET (9:25 pm PT)
You can watch here.

Soyuz TMA-10M launches Today!

Soyuz TMA-10M, with commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineers Sergei Ryazansky and Michael Hopkins, launches today from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The schedule for today is:

  • Launch: 4:58 pm ET (1:58 pm PT)
  • Docking: 10:48 pm ET (7:48 pm PT)
  • Hatch Opening: Sept 26 12:25 am ET (9:25 pm PT)
You can watch here.

The animals have started floating around the cabin.

for-all-mankind:

Soyuz TMA-09M is now successfully in orbit!

Always a good sign!

The crew is now safely in orbit and the Soyuz antennas and solar arrays have deployed.

The crew is now safely in orbit and the Soyuz antennas and solar arrays have deployed.

for-all-mankind:

We have liftoff!

for-all-mankind:

We have liftoff!

And Soyuz TMA 09M has launched! Everything good so far.

Some more views at the pad. The stuffed animals that are hanging are talismans from Yurchikhin’s daughters and one from his old teacher. Less than 6 minutes until launch.

Soyuz TMA-09M launch coverage has just started. Here’s the view at the launch pad in Baikonur.

Soyuz TMA-09M launch coverage has just started. Here’s the view at the launch pad in Baikonur.

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)


Chronicling the adventures of Soviet and Russian cosmonauts

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