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New Crew Members Launched to Station

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Three New Crew Members Heading to Station

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft carrying three new Expedition 36 crew members launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:31 p.m. EDT Tuesday (2:31 a.m. Wednesday, Baikonur time) to begin an accelerated six-hour journey to the International Space Station.

Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano will dock their Soyuz to the station’s Rassvet module at 10:16 p.m. After the hatches open at 11:55 p.m., the new trio will join Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA and Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos who docked with the orbital complex May 28. All six crew members will then participate in a welcome ceremony with family members and mission officials gathered at the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev near Moscow.

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Expedition 36 Crew Launches on Fast Track to Station

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft carrying Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to begin an expedited 6-hour journey to the International Space Station

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