Soyuz TMA-09M with a new expedition crew docks with ISS

Docking took place at the estimated time: six hours after launch automatically. After comparing pressure passageways are open, and the new crew "vplyvet" from the "Union" to the station.

Flew to the ISS Space Agency astronaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA) Luke Parmitano. The most experienced among them — Jurchihin for which the flight was the fourth of his career. Nyberg before flying to the ISS once the U.S. space shuttle, on the "Union" it flew for the first time. Luke Parmitano had no previous experience of space flight.

Another expedition, like the previous (March this year) went to the station for a "short" 6-hour chart. Before this, all manned "Unions" flew to the station to 2-day scheme.

At the station, they are expected Roscosmos cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin and NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy, who bear the cosmic watch since March of this year.

The planned duration of the expedition will be 172 days. New ISS will perform a rich scientific program of 34 experiments, unload two Russian truck "Progress" European transport ship ATV-4, an American private ship Cygnus ("The Swan"), created by Orbital Sciences, as well as to several outlets in the open on the Russian space program.

By launching today the balance is:

Next mission: June 3, 2013 13:18:31 GMT Proton-M/Briz-M communications satellite SES-6Baikonur 200/39

The upper stage and satellite delivered to Baikonur on 30 April and 6 May.


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