Russia successfully launched the Soyuz TMA-22 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this evening at 9:15 PM Phoenix time. The Soyuz TMA-22 will dock to the Poisk module of the ISS at 10:33 PM Phoenix time Tuesday night (0533 UTC Wednesday 16 November).
The TMA-22 spacecraft is the last Soyuz mission with analog instrumentation. Future missions will have digital instrumentation, and these spacecraft have already flown to ISS (e.g. TMA-01M and TMA-02M).
Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov are currently on board the ISS, and Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Dan Burbank are on their way to the International Space Station aboard TMA-22.
NASA astronaut and Flight Engineer Dan Burbank is making his third visit to the International Space Station. His previous two visits were both aboard space shuttle Atlantis. He helped prepare the station for its first crew during STS-106 and helped install the P3/P4 truss during STS-115.
Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin are both making their first visit to the International Space Station.
Expedition 29 will end when Fossum, Furukawa and Volkov depart aboard Soyuz TMA-02M on 21 November, and land in Kazakhstan at 7:25 PM Phoenix time on 22 November.
Dan Burbank will assume command of the space station upon the undocking of TMA-02M.