Next Soyuz Space Station Crew Prepares For Launch

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Next Soyuz Space Station Crew Prepares For Launch

HOUSTON — The subsequent residents of a International Space Station are creation final preparations for a May 14 launch and NASA Television will yield live coverage of launch and docking.

This week, NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba and his dual Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, are completing their training, undergoing Soyuz booster fit checks and holding partial in normal ceremonies. Video record support of a final preparations will be promote starting May 10.

Live NASA TV coverage of a Soyuz TMA-04M booster launch from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan starts during 9 p.m. CDT on May 14 (May 15, Baikonur time), with launch scheduled for 10:01 p.m.

The contingent will arrive during a hire May 16, fasten Expedition 31 Commander Oleg Kononenko of a Russian Federal Space Agency, Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of a European Space Agency, who have been aboard given Dec 2011. Padalka, Acaba and Revin will transition to a Expedition 32 organisation in Jul and lapse to Earth in mid-September.

NASA TV’s scheduled coverage is as follows (all times Central):

Thursday, May 10
11:30 a.m. — Video record of a Soyuz TMA-04M organisation activities in Baikonur.

Friday, May 11
11 a.m. — Video record of Soyuz TMA-04M organisation activities in Baikonur.

Sunday, May 13
11 a.m. — Video record of Soyuz TMA-04M rocket mating and rollout to a Baikonur launch pad.

Monday, May 14
11 a.m. — Video record of a Soyuz TMA-04M final pre-launch organisation news discussion and Russian State Commission assembly in Baikonur.
9 p.m. — Soyuz TMA-04M launch coverage (launch scheduled during 10:01 p.m.), including video of a crew’s pre-launch activities and launch replays.

Tuesday, May 15
12 a.m. — Video record of Soyuz TMA-04M pre-launch, launch video and post-launch interviews.

Wednesday, May 16
11 p.m. — Soyuz TMA-04M advancing coverage (docking scheduled during 11:38 p.m.) followed by a post-docking news discussion from Mission Control in Korolev, Russia.

Thursday, May 17
2 a.m. — Soyuz TMA-04M induce opening and welcoming rite (hatch opening scheduled during 2:20 a.m.).
4 a.m. — Video record of Soyuz TMA-04M docking, induce opening and welcoming ceremony.

For NASA TV downlink, report updates and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For some-more information about a International Space Station and the crew, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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