ROSCOSMOS - Soyuz MS-02 Mission patch.
October 19, 2016
Image above: The Soyuz MS-02 rocket launches on time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Image Credit: NASA TV.
The Soyuz MS-02 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:05 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 19 (2:05 p.m. Baikonur time). At the time of launch, the space station was flying 252 statute miles over the south Atlantic, east of Brazil. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are now safely in orbit.
New Crew Launches to the ISS
Over the next two days, the trio will orbit the Earth 34 times before docking to the space station’s Poisk module at 5:59 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 5:15 a.m.
Image above: Expedition 49-50 crew members (from left) Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko for a picture after the conclusion of a crew press conference. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky).
The original launch date of Sept. 23 was postponed due to a technical issue with the Soyuz spacecraft, which Roscosmos repaired.
To learn more about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.
Check out the NASA TV schedule online for information on how to watch live and replays:
For more information about ROSCOSMOS, visit: http://en.roscosmos.ru/
Images (mentioned), Video, Text, Credits: NASA/ROSCOSMOS TV/NASA TV/Mark Garcia.
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