The crew of Soyuz TMA-08M has arrived at Baikonur.
Start of manned spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-08M" to the crew 35/36 ISS is scheduled for March 29, 2013.
March 18 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Test training facility Research Cosmonaut. Gagarin Flag-raising ceremony of the States participating in the program of flight crews 35/36-y long-duration mission on the ISS.
In the assembly building site 254 Baikonur March 19, 2013 held a training primary and backup crews of manned spacecraft (WPK) "Soyuz TMA-08M."
After the arrival of cosmonauts and astronauts to the mount housing and communicating with the technical guidance of the main crew — Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander and Christopher Cassidy Misurkin took place in the "Soyuz TMA-08M." They familiarized themselves with the placement of goods in the ship, checked his radio. Their backups Oleg Kotov, Sergei Ryazan, Michael Hopkins, who was working with the laying equipment for scientific experiments.
Then, the main crew began fitting and checking the tightness of spacesuits, and stand-ins took their places in the vehicle.
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the framework of the flight crew 35/36-y long-duration mission on the ISS, a traditional Day of the press.
March 26, 2013 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch took place on the export Vehicle (ILV) "Soyuz-FG" with transport manned spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-08M" from the assembly and test facility to the launch pad 112 complex area 1 ("Gagarin’s Start").
At the same time working on the launch pad, in Test training complex training astronauts completed basic training (Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin, Christopher Cassidy) and backup (Oleg Kotov, Sergei Ryazan, Michael Hopkins) crew 35/36 ISS.
March 27 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome led V.A.Popovkina a meeting of the State Commission, which examined the results of pre-flight preparation of the main and backup crews of manned spacecraft (WPK) "Soyuz TMA-08M."
After hearing reports on the results of training, the State Commission has decided to approve the crew 35/36 ISS consists of:
— Main crew:
Pavel Vinogradov — Commander of the WPK "Soyuz TMA-08M" (Roscosmos cosmonaut);
Misurkin Alexander — Flight Engineer 1 TPK "Soyuz TMA-08M" (Roscosmos cosmonaut);
Christopher Cassidy — Flight Engineer 2 TPK "Soyuz TMA-08M" (NASA astronaut).
— Backup crew:
Oleg Kotov Valeriyovych — Commander of the WPK "Soyuz TMA-08M" (Roscosmos cosmonaut);
Ryazan Sergey — Flight Engineer 1 TPK "Soyuz TMA-08M" (Roscosmos cosmonaut);
Hopkins Michael Scott — Flight Engineer 2 "Soyuz TMA-08M" (NASA astronaut).
Launch of a space rocket "Soyuz-FG" with transport manned spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-08M" to the International Space Station is scheduled for
March 27, 2013, a press conference TPK crew of Soyuz TMA-08M.
March 29, 2013 at 00.43.20 Moscow time from the launch pad complex 1 ("Gagarin’s Start") Baikonur calculations of rocket launchers and space industry Russia conducted a successful launch of a space rocket "Soyuz-FG" with transport manned spacecraft (WPK) "Soyuz TMA-08M"