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Soyuz TMA-52a

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Soyuz TMA-52a

Three crew members have arrived safely at the International Space Station, following a successful launch and docking of their Soyuz TMA-52a spacecraft March 14, 2019. The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched at 12:14 p.m. PDT (12:14 a.m. Friday Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hague, Koch and Ovchinin docked to the space station’s Rassvet module at 6:01 p.m. after a four-orbit, six-hour journey, and opened the hatch and were welcomed aboard the orbiting laboratory at approximately 8:10 p.m. Their mission, Expedition 59, officially began at the time of docking. The arrival of Hague, Koch and Ovchinin restores the station's crew complement to six. They have joined Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Expedition 59 Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos.
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Soyuz TMA-52a

In the course of one day, specialists from RSC Energia and other leading companies in the rocket and space industry have successfully completed final sequence of operations to assemble the integrated launch vehicle. The crew transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-52a developed and built by RSC Energia was transported as a part of the upper composite to the site where it was integrated with the launch vehicle Soyuz-FG. ILV Soyuz was rolled out from the processing facility to the launch pad. The medium launch vehicle Soyuz-FG integrated with the Crew Transportation spacecraft (CTS) Soyuz TMA-52a is erected on the launch pad of Area No.1 ('Gagarin’s launch pad') of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Activities under the program of the first launch day have begun. Specialists of RSC Energia and other leading companies of the rocket and space industry are performing final processing operations on the launch pad. Pre-launch tests are being run on systems and assemblies of the space launcher system, interfaces between the onboard hardware and ground support equipment are being checked out.
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Soyuz TMA-52a

At Baikonur launch site RSC Energia specialists have completed operations to fill the crew transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-52a with propellant components and compressed gases. After the filling the spacecraft was brought into the spacecraft processing facility and installed into a jig for further pre-launch processing. According to the pre-launch processing schedule on March 4 the spacecraft will be mated to the transfer compartment. The launch of the launch vehicle integrated with Soyuz TMA-52a to the International Space Station is scheduled for March 14, 2019 from the Baikonur launch site. The crew of ISS-59 consists of a Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch.
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Soyuz TMA-52a

Energia corporation specialists working at the Baikonur launch site continue preparing the integrated launch vehicle with the crew transportation spacecraft (CTS) Soyuz TMA-52a for its launch to the International Space Station (ISS). Preparations for the launch scheduled for March 14, 2019, from the launch pad No.1 ('Gagarin’s launch pad'), are under way in the processing facility of the launch site. In accordance with the pre-launch processing schedule, on March 6 the spacecraft was subjected to designer’s inspection. In addition to this, processing operations were performed to roll on the payload fairing of the launch vehicle Soyuz-FG. Earlier, on March 4, the spacecraft was mated to the adapter section of the launch vehicleof the launch vehicle.
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Soyuz TMA-52a

The Soyuz carrying three Expedition 59 crew members launched at 12:14 p.m. PDT, Thursday, March 14. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a mission to the International Space Station as members of Expeditions 59.

Soyuz TMA-52a

The Soyuz carrying three Expedition 59 crew members launched at 12:14 p.m. PDT, Thursday, March 14. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a mission to the International Space Station as members of Expeditions 59.

Soyuz TMA-51a

A month and a half after a nerve-racking launch accident and the risky emergency landing of the Soyuz TMA-50a mission, another Soyuz spacecraft lifted off with a fresh crew in the latest attempt to staff the International Space Station, ISS, with the three members of Expedition 58. A Soyuz-FG rocket launched the mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Dec. 3, 2018, at 14:31 Moscow Time.

Expedition 59

Three crew members have arrived safely at the International Space Station, following a successful launch and docking of their Soyuz TMA-52a spacecraft Thursday. The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched at 12:14 p.m. PDT (12:14 a.m. Friday Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hague, Koch and Ovchinin docked to the space station’s Rassvet module at 6:01 p.m. after a four-orbit, six-hour journey, and opened the hatch and were welcomed aboard the orbiting laboratory at approximately 8:10 p.m. Their mission, Expedition 59, officially began at the time of docking. The arrival of Hague, Koch and Ovchinin restores the station's crew complement to six. They have joined Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Expedition 59 Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos.

Soyuz TMA-51a

This is what three astronauts being launched into space looks like – seen from space. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst took this timelapse sequence from the International Space Station’s Cupola observatory on 3 December 2018. Inside the Soyuz TMA-51a spacecraft were NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and Roscosmos astronaut and Soyuz commander Oleg Konenenko. The trio blasted into orbit at 11:31 GMT from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked with the International Space Station just six hours later. Spacecraft are launched after the Space Station flies overhead. This allowed Alexander to set up a camera to take regular pictures at intervals that are played back to create this video. The rocket leaves behind a trail of exhaust as it gains altitude and passes through the layers of Earth’s atmosphere.

Soyuz TMA-19M launch

A Soyuz-FG rocket launched the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft with ISS Expedition 46 crew: astronauts Tim Kopra of NASA and Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency), and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), commander of the Soyuz vehicle, on 15 December 2015, at 11:03:10 UTC, from the launch pad No.1 (Gagarin's Start) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Credit: NASA/Roscosmos
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Soyuz TMA-54a

The first docking attempt between the automated Soyuz TMA-54a spacecraft and the International Space Station, ISS, had to be called off at the last minute due to an apparent problem in the Kurs rendezvous system. Following a two-day trip to the station, Soyuz TMA-54a was scheduled to dock at the MIM-2 Poisk module, a part of the Russian Segment, on August 24, at 08:31 Moscow Time. As usual, all the rendezvous and docking operations were planned in the fully automated mode, however, unlike the operations with the Progress cargo ships, the ISS crew had no TORU remote-control system available to take over rendezvous operations in case of a problem during the automated mode. Instead, cosmonaut Aleksei Ovchinin and Aleksandr Skvortsov aboard the Zvezda Service Module were on stand by to call off the docking in case of major issues in the rendezvous process. They had to do precisely that when after a seemingly normal rendezvous and a flyaround of the station, Soyuz TMA-54a had reached a distance of around 200 meters from the outpost but then evidently struggled to lock in on its destination docking port. Cameras on the station and the transport ship showed the Soyuz swiveling from side to side during the final approach, forcing mission control in Korolev to cancel the docking attempt when the two vehicles had come as close as 60 meters from each other. According to NASA, Aleksei Ovchinin issued the abort command at 08:36 Moscow Time or around five minutes after the two vehicles were supposed to dock. Mission control in Korolev announced that on August 26, the crew of Soyuz TMA-53a spaceraft would manually redock their vehicle from the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module to the Poisk MIM2 module, where Soyuz TMA-54a failed to dock. Then, on August 27, the second attempt would be made to dock the Soyuz TMA-54a spacecraft to the aft port of the Zvezda. Apparently, the Kurs-P system on the aft port of Zvezda was found to be more reliable than on the MIM2 module.

Expedition 59

Cosmonauts and astronauts had a first training session inside the spacecraft, the 'first fit check'. The crews practiced on-the-spot responses inside their spacecraft, familiarized themselves with onboard documentation and ran a number of tests on onboard systems. The launch of the Soyuz TMA-52a on the launch vehicle Soyuz-FG is scheduled for March 14, 2019 from the Baikonur launch site.

Expedition 52/53 Soyuz Mating And Rollout

At the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft and its Soyuz booster were transported from the Integration Facility to the launch pad on a railcar July 26 for final preparations before launch to the International Space Station on July 28. The Soyuz MS-05 will carry Expedition 52-53 Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Randy Bresnik of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency to the orbital complex fo a four and a half mont mission.

Soyuz TMA-19

Three new crew members arrived at the International Space Station joining Expedition 24. Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin, Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker docked the Soyuz TMA-19 to the aft end of the Zvezda service module Thursday at 3:21 p.m. PDT. At 5:52 p.m. the hatches were opened between the station and the Soyuz spacecraft. The new crew joined Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineers Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Mikhail Kornienko.

Soyuz Launches to Space Station

A Russian Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft launched to the International Space Station on July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Inside the spacecraft for the two-day journey are Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the station's next crew. The trio will dock to the station July 17 to start a four month tour, joining station Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and Russian Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, who have been on the outpost since mid-May.
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Soyuz MS05 Docks! - Expedition 52/53 arrives at the International Space Station

After launching earlier in the day in their Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, this Nasa video shows Expedition 52-53 Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Randy Bresnik of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency arriving at the International Space Station on July 28.
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Expedition 59

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are set to join the crew aboard the International Space Station on Thursday, March 14. The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts. This launch will also mark the fourth Expedition crew with two female astronauts. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, are set to launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-52a spacecraft at 12:14 p.m. PDT (12:14 a.m. March 15 Kazakhstan time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a six-hour journey to the station. The new crew members will dock to the Rassvet module at 6:07 p.m. Expedition 59 will begin officially at the time of docking.

Expedition 59

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 59 crew members Christina Koch of NASA, Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos and Nick Hague of NASA report to Russian space officials Feb. 19 during the first of two days of final pre-launch qualification exams. They will launch March 14, U.S. time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-52a spacecraft for a six-and-a-half month mission on the International Space Station.

Soyuz TMA-17

NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, all flight engineers, launched in their Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:52 p.m. PST Sunday to begin a two-day journey to the International Space Station.

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