Saturday, July 14, 2012

3 Astronauts Go to Space Station Saturday Evening

Veteran Space Station Crew to Launch Into Orbit Tonight

Date: 14 July 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET

Crew completes a suited fit check.
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (left) of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams walk by the upper stage of their Soyuz booster rocket in the Integration Facility July 3, 2012 as they completed a suited "fit check".
CREDIT: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Three veteran space travelers from three different countries are gearing up to launch toward the International Space Station tonight (July 14) to begin a months-long mission to the orbiting laboratory.
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency spaceflyer Akihiko Hoshide will lift off on the Russian Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft at 10:40 p.m. EDT (0240 July 15 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The three-person team will become part of the space station's Expedition 32 mission, and is due to stay for about four months.




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