[sarex] Expedition 14’s Soyuz Rocket at Pad for Monday’s Launch
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*Expedition 14’s Soyuz Rocket at Pad for Monday’s Launch *
The Soyuz rocket that will launch the Expedition 14 crew into orbit is
now at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch
is scheduled for 12:09 a.m. EDT Monday.
Expedition 14 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer
Mikhail Tyurin are scheduled to arrive at the station at 1:24 a.m.
Wednesday. Flying to the station with Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin will be
American Anousheh Ansari, the first female spaceflight participant to
visit the orbiting laboratory. She is flying under contract with the
Russian Federal Space Agency.
Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin will replace Expedition 13 Commander Pavel
Vinogradov and NASA Science Officer Jeff Williams, who are wrapping up a
six-month stay on the station. European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas
Reiter will stay on the station and join Expedition 14.
Meanwhile on the station, Expedition 13 is close to ending a busy week
of joint operations with STS-115. The six-member STS-115 crew arrived at
the station Sept. 11 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. The STS-115 crew
used the shuttle and station robotic arms to install the P3/P4 truss and
its solar arrays on to the station. The crew then conducted three
spacewalks to prepare the addition for operation.
Atlantis’ undocking is set for 8:50 a.m. Sunday. STS-115 is the first
construction mission to visit the station since late 2002. STS-116 is
the next construction mission and it is scheduled to visit the station
and Expedition 14 as early as December.
The Expedition 13 crew is also preparing for the departure of the
Progress 21 cargo ship, which is filled with trash and other unneeded
items. The Progress will undock at 8:28 p.m. Monday. It will then be
commanded to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere to burn up harmlessly.
For the latest information on STS-115, please visit:
+ Expedition 13 Briefing Materials, August 22, 2006
+ Expedition 14 Preflight Briefing Materials, August 22, 2006
+ Next station assembly mission -- 12A
+ Previous station assembly mission -- ULF 1.1
+ Read more about Expedition 13
+ Read more about Expedition 14
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