Soyuz – Expedition 21 to the ISS

The latest NASA press release on the launch of the Soyuz TMA-16 rocket to the ISS one hour from now (12:14 AM Phoenix time, 30 September 2009:

MEDIA ADVISORY : M09-176

NASA TV Provides Coverage of Next Soyuz Launch and Landing Events

HOUSTON — NASA Television will air the launch of the next two residents of the International Space Station, a spaceflight participant and the return of two members of the current station crew. Coverage begins with a broadcast of prelaunch activities Sept. 17 and continues through the landing on Oct. 11.

Soyuz Commander Max Suraev, NASA Flight Engineer Jeff Williams and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte are scheduled to launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:14 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Laliberte, a Canadian citizen and founder of Cirque du Soleil, will fly to the station under an agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency.

After a two-day trip, the Soyuz will dock to the station at 3:36 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. Aboard the orbiting laboratory, Williams and Suraev will be greeted by Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA’s Mike Barratt and Nicole Stott, the European Space Agency’s Frank De Winne, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and the Canadian Space Agency’s Bob Thirsk. After Padalka and Barratt depart the station, De Winne will become commander of the next station mission, designated Expedition 21.

Padalka, Barratt and Laliberte will return to Earth at approximately 11:29 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft docked to the station. Padalka and Barratt have been aboard the orbiting laboratory since March 2009.

Watch a replay of the launch.

Inside Soyuz

Inside the capsule before launch

Soyuz Launch Complex

Launch Complex at Baikonur

Ignition

Ignition

liftoff

Liftoff

Ascent 1 Ascent 2
Ascent 3

Image Credit: Screen shots from live coverage at tv-tsenki

Darkness In Orbit

In orbit – the darkess of space

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