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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.

Progress M-18M launched today from Baikonur. Besides taking 2.6 tons of supplies to the ISS, the spacecraft is testing a fast docking method that will eventually be implemented for the manned Soyuz. Instead of taking 2 days to reach the ISS, the craft will be able to dock to the station in six hours.

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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.

(Source)

Soyuz TMA-07M launches tomorrow!
The launch is scheduled for December 19 at 7:12am ET (4:12am PT), with preparations broadcast at 6:15am ET (3:15am PT)
As usual, I’ll be liveblogging along tomorrow morning.

Soyuz TMA-07M launches tomorrow!

The launch is scheduled for December 19 at 7:12am ET (4:12am PT), with preparations broadcast at 6:15am ET (3:15am PT)

As usual, I’ll be liveblogging along tomorrow morning.

Some rocket launch porn today. This is the Proton-M rocket that carried EchoStar XVI, an American satellite, to orbit. It launched from Baikonur on November 20.

(Source: youtube.com)

A few scenes from the prelaunch preparations of Soyuz TMA-06M. They launched yesterday and will arrive at the ISS tomorrow morning.

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crookedindifference:

Expedition 33 Crew Waves Farewell

Expedition 33/34 crew members, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, bottom, Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of ROSCOSMOS, top, wave farewell before boarding their Soyuz rocket just a few hours before their launch to the International Space Station on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of a Soyuz rocket later in the afternoon will send Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

crookedindifference:

Expedition 33 Crew Waves Farewell

Expedition 33/34 crew members, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, bottom, Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of ROSCOSMOS, top, wave farewell before boarding their Soyuz rocket just a few hours before their launch to the International Space Station on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of a Soyuz rocket later in the afternoon will send Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

Watch Soyuz TMA-06M launch tomorrow morning!
The launch is scheduled for Tuesday October 23 at 6:41am ET (3:51am PT). Prelaunch preparations start at 5:45am ET (2:45am PT). 

Watch Soyuz TMA-06M launch tomorrow morning!

The launch is scheduled for Tuesday October 23 at 6:41am ET (3:51am PT). Prelaunch preparations start at 5:45am ET (2:45am PT). 

Soyuz TMA-14 getting into position on the launch pad. (2009)
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Soyuz TMA-14 getting into position on the launch pad. (2009)

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sagan-naut:

Liftoff of the Soyuz TMA-05M.

(Source: anndruyan)

fuckyeahfemaleastronauts:

Soyuz TMA-05M set for Launch

The Soyuz TMA-05M crew consisting of Sunita (Suni) Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide is set to launch at 8:40 a.m. Kazakhstan time (10:40 p.m. EDT/4:40 a.m. CEST). The launch will be covered live by NASA TV from 9:30 p.m. EDT tonight. 

The launch today (or tomorrow, depending on where you are) coincides with the  the launch of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project 37 years ago.

Godspeed to the crew, may they safely reach their home in the sky.  

This is the first launch I won’t be able to live-blog since starting this blog, as I’m working tonight. :(

fuckyeahfemaleastronauts:

Today, June 16, The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft had a successful lift off, bringing the first Chinese female astronaut into space. Liu Yang became the 56th woman in space exactly 49 years after the first women, Valentina Tereshkova was launched in the Vostok-6.

My congratulations to China and a big Hurray for 49 years of women in space. 

The crew of Soyuz TM-31, Yuri Gidzenko, Bill Shepherd and Sergei Krikalev, at the launch. (2000)
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The crew of Soyuz TM-31, Yuri Gidzenko, Bill Shepherd and Sergei Krikalev, at the launch. (2000)

(Source)


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