Preperations are underway for the March 29th Launch of the Expedition 13 crew to the International Spacen Station (ISS). The crew will be launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft (confusingly NASA uses a different numbering system to the Russians and refers to the spacecraft as Soyuz 12). As well as Expedition Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams the first Brazillian astronaut, Marcos Pontes, will also be aboard the Soyuz. Pontes will return to earth in Soyuz TMA-7 along with the Expedition 12 crew.
March 18, 2006. Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The prime crew (Pavel V. Vinogradov (Russia), Jeffrey N. Williams (USA), Marcos C. Pontes (Brazil)) and backup crew (Fyodor N. Yurchikhin (Russia), Edward M. Fincke (USA), Sergey A. Volkov (Russia)) of the Soyuz TMA-8 transport spacecraft arrived to the cosmodrome to accomplish training and accept the spacecraft.
Source: S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - News