Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of a Kazakh Space Agency have boarded a Russian Soyuz TMA-18M booster that will lift them to a International Space Station. All is on lane for liftoff during 12:37 a.m. EDT Wednesday. NASA Television coverage of a launch will start during 11:45 p.m. Watch on NASA TV or at: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv.
The organisation will make 34 orbits of Earth in dual days en track to a hire before nearing Friday, Sept. 4. The 3 will join Expedition 44 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos, and Kimiya Yui of a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It will be a initial time given 2013 that 9 people will be aboard a orbiting laboratory.
The outing enables Roscosmos to stagger a organisation member and a Soyuz spacecraft. Volkov will sojourn aboard a hire for a subsequent 6 months, returning in Mar 2016 with one-year goal organisation members Kelly and Kornienko in a Soyuz TMA-18M. Padalka, who launched in Mar with Kelly and Kornienko in a Soyuz TMA-16M, will lapse to Earth in that booster on Sept. 11 with Mogensen and Aimbetov. Each Soyuz stays in circuit for about 6 months.
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