Starting the Soyuz TMA-06M from Baikonur — photo essay Bill Ingalls, NASA

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Lift-off — it is always a grand spectacle. October 23, 2012 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launched a spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-06M", that is delivered to the International Space Station crew of the new 33rd expedition.

Photos Bill Ingalls, NASA.



Rocket and spacecraft Soyuz in the assembly and test facility Baikonur Cosmodrome. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

Once taken out of the rocket assembly and test facility, it is transported to the launch pad on the Kazakh steppe on a special train with a speed of 5 km / h. We have already shown many times.

The brave driver. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

The crew of the new 33rd expedition — Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky commander and flight engineer Evgeny Tarelkin and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford.

Rocket on the launch pad of the Baikonur cosmodrome, October 21, 2012. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

The spacecraft "Soyuz" is huge in appearance, but inside is quite closely. In the half-bent position astronauts will spend 2 days. Food and water — all of the tubes. Time to sleep — eight hours rest will take docking with the ISS. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

In orbit, the astronauts will spend about 50 scientific experiments and make some space truck — four transport ship "Progress" and a European truck ATV-4.

Creating a "space" hairstyles. In the chair — the commander Oleg Novitsky, hotel "Cosmonaut", October 21, 2012. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

Press conference of astronauts. Crew members sit behind a protective glass to accidentally pick up any virus. Baikonur Cosmodrome, October 22, 2012. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

Our fun tradition — the blessing of the rocket "Soyuz" launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Otherwise, do not fly. Monday, October 22, 2012, one day before the departure. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

(Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

October 23, 2012. Day of departure. Another blessing, this time the crew of the spaceship in the hotel "Cosmonaut", where they spent the night before the start of a strict quarantine. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

The crew of the ship slowly leaves the hotel under the band’s song "Earthlings" "grass near the house." This tradition for many years. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

"Earthlings" — "Grass at home":

Before planting. Interestingly, the crew of the 33rd expedition there will be no access to the open space. Also, none of the crew members had not previously ruled such device as the "Union". And most importantly — for the commander and flight engineer Oleg Novitsky Eugene Tarelkina this flight will be the first in my life. In space, while only visited American Kevin Ford. In 2009, he orbited the Earth on Space Shuttle "Discovery". Baikonur Cosmodrome, October 23, 2012. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

Let’s go! The launching of the "Soyuz-FG" with the spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-06M" from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, October 23, 2012. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

How are scientific experiments in space? This testing of emergency situations — for example, put out the fire and learn to breathe in a special way to save air in case of a sudden depressurization of the compartments. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

Another experiment — growing new varieties of plants that will give off enough oxygen for a long flight and provide vitamins the human body to 1,000 days. In his spare time, astronauts will photograph the stars, so that we on Earth could see the beautiful pictures of the cosmos. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

The planned duration of the flight crew on the new plant will be 148 days. (Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

(Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA)

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