Expedition 30 Launches To The Space Station

Expedition 30 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA Flight Engineer Don Petit and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers were launched on the Russian aboard their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft at 13:16 UTC (8:16 a.m. EST) Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Once they arrive at the International Space Station Friday morning, the crew compliment on the ISS will be back to six for the first time since mid September.
The trio will then start a five and a half month tour on the complex, joining station Commander NASA Flight Engineer Dan Burbank, Expedition 29 Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov, and Russian Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin, who have been on the outpost since mid November.


About Randy Attwood

Randy Attwood
Amateur astronomer, astrophotographer, space exploration historian. Executive Director, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada / Publisher - SkyNews magazine.

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