Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft with the crew of a new expedition to the ISS in orbit

"Soyuz TMA-04M" flying to the International Space Station (ISS) with a new crew of astronauts, separated from the carrier rocket "Soyuz-FG" and went to the intermediate orbit, told RIA Novosti the Russian Federal Space Agency.

"Department of the ship from the third stage carrier passed cleanly and the estimated time," — said the source.

Told reporters after the successful start-up and launch spacecraft into orbit head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, preparation for launch, ascent phase, the separation of all the steps and out to the orbit of the spacecraft passed normally.

"Right now, during these days, there will be several maneuvers the ship in such a way that in the morning on the 17th of the spacecraft could dock with the ISS," — he said.

On board the "Union" — Roscosmos cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin, and NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba.

Docking with the ISS is scheduled for May 17, at 8.39 MSK automatically. The planned duration of the new crew to the station — 126 days.

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