Soyuz Move Sets Stage for Arrival of New Space Station Crew

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Half of a residents of a International Space Station will take a spin around their orbital area in a Soyuz TMA-16M booster on Friday, Aug. 28. NASA Television coverage will start during 2:45 a.m. EDT.

The Soyuz TMA-08M booster departs from a International Space Station's Poisk Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2) and heads toward a alighting in a remote area nearby a city of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 11, 2013 (Kazakhstan time). On Friday Aug. 28, 2015, Expedition 44 organisation will pierce a Soyuz TMA-16M booster from a Poisk procedure to a Zvezda advancing port. Credits: NASA

The Soyuz TMA-08M booster departs from a International Space Station’s Poisk Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2) and heads toward a alighting in a remote area nearby a city of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 11, 2013 (Kazakhstan time). On Friday Aug. 28, 2015, Expedition 44 organisation will pierce a Soyuz TMA-16M booster from a Poisk procedure to a Zvezda advancing port. Credits: NASA

Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of a Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos will pierce a Soyuz from a station’s Poisk procedure to a Zvezda advancing port. The relocation scheme will start with undocking during 3:12 a.m. and finish with redocking during 3:37 a.m.

The relocation will giveaway adult a Poisk procedure for a advancing of a new Soyuz vehicle, designated TMA-18M, carrying 3 additional organisation members, and scheduled to launch to a hire Wednesday, Sept. 2 from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Aboard will be Expedition 45 organisation member Sergei Volkov of Roscosmos, and visiting organisation members Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of a Kazakh Space Agency.

Mogensen and Aimbetov will lapse to Earth with Padalka on Saturday, Sept. 12 in a Soyuz TMA-16M. In Mar 2016, a Soyuz TMA-18M will lapse with Volkov, as good as one-year goal organisation members Kelly and Kornienko, who arrived on hire in March  to start collecting biomedical information essential to NASA’s tellurian tour to Mars.

Source: NASA