Soyuz TMA-04M Set for 15 May Launch

Encapsulating the TMA-04M Spacecraft at Baikonur
Image Credit: Energia

The Russian spacecraft TMA-04M is ready for launch at 0301 UTC on Tuesday, 15 May, from Baikonur (8:01 PM Monday Phoenix time).

The three men on the launch are Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba, and cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, a veteran space flyer dating back to the Mir Space Station and Sergey Revin, a rookie. You can follow Joe Acaba on his blog.

Currently, American Astronaut Don Pettit, Dutch Astronaut Andre Kuipers and Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (ISS Expedition 31) are aboard the space station. Once they depart in early July, Acaba, Padalka and Revin will be joined by Astronaut Suni Williams, Japanese Astronaut Aki Hoshide and Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (ISS Expedition 32) aboard Soyuz TMA-05M.

More images can be found at the S. P. Korolev web site.

Moving TMA-04M and the Soyuz FG Launch Vehicle to the Pad
Image Credit: Energia

On the Pad
TMA-04M and the Soyuz FG Launch Vehicle on the Pad at Baikonur
Image Credit: Energia