European Space Agency posted this amazing–20+ minutes long but worth watching–video about how astronauts return home from the ISS in the Soyuz space capsule, with never before seen inside footage.
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.
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
The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket, adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee and other related artwork, is seen in this long exposure photograph, as the service structure arms are raised into position at the launch pad on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for November 7 and will send 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 on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.
The crew will deliver the Olympic torch, and spacewalkers Kotov and Ryazanskiy will carry it outside the station on Saturday. The torch, returning home with Expedition 37, will light the flame at the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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)
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.