Expedition 31 Trio Blasts Off for International Space Station


Expedition 31 Trio Blasts Off for International Space Station

HOUSTON — NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba, Russian Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin bloody off for a International Space Station during 10:01 p.m. CDT Monday, May 14 (9:01 a.m. Baikonur time on May 15), from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to wharf their Soyuz TMA-04M booster to a Poisk procedure of a hire during 11:38 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. They will join Expedition 31 Commander Oleg Kononenko of a Russian Federal Space Agency and Flight Engineers Don Pettit of NASA and André Kuipers of a European Space Agency, who have been aboard a orbiting laboratory given Dec. 23, 2011. The 6 astronauts and cosmonauts will work together for about dual months.

NASA Television will yield live advancing coverage commencement during 11 p.m. on May 16. Hatch opening and welcoming ceremonies will start about 3 hours after on May 17.

Upon arrival, Acaba, Padalka and Revin will turn members of a Expedition 31 crew, restoring a station’s organisation element to 6 and stability systematic investigate aboard a station.

Pettit, Kononeko and Kuipers are scheduled to lapse to Earth on Jul 1. Acaba, Padalka and Revin will lapse home in mid-September.

Also on house with a organisation was a tiny “Smokey Bear” plush fondle portion as a normal Soyuz “talisman.” Smokey Bear is a U.S. inhabitant pitch for wildfire prevention. Prior to a flight, Acaba explained he due drifting Smokey Bear in an bid to lift recognition of human-caused wildfires. Acaba, an zealous outdoorsman, binds dual degrees in geology and served as an environmental preparation recognition upholder while in a U.S. Peace Corps.

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