Soyuz TMA-02M

TMA-02M on Pad
Russian Spacecraft TMA-02M
Image Credit: NASA / Carla Cioffi

Russia is ready to launch an American, Russian and Japanese crew on a mission to the International Space Station today at 1:12 PM Phoenix time (2012 UTC).

This will be the second flight of the new TMA-M series manned spacecraft. The first mission flew successfully on 7 October 2011.

The three crew members, who will be joining the current Expedition 28, are:

  • Michael Fossum (NASA, USA), ISS-28 Flight Engineer, ISS-29 Commander, Soyuz TMA-02M Flight Engineer
  • Volkov Sergei (Roscosmos, Russia), ISS-28/29 Flight Engineer, Soyuz TMA-02M Commander
  • Furukawa Satoshi (JAXA, Japan), ISS-28/29 Flight Engineer, Soyuz TMA-02M Flight Engineer.

Launch coverage can be found at NASA TV or Tsenki.

Launch
TMA-02M Launch
Image Credit: NASA TV

Ascent
TMA-02M Ascent
Image Credit: NASA TV

All systems are nominal for a rendezvous with the ISS on Thursday.

It is nice to see what a 60 year old rocket system can do.

Soyuz has been launched more than 850 times.

Granted, there have been continuous upgrades.

No shiny new objects.

But it works.

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