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Default [Manned] Soyuz TMA-06M (Oct. 23, 2012) / Expedition 33
by N_Molson 10-17-2012, 06:43 PM

The Soyuz TMA-06M Spacecraft



JSC2012-E-221281 (16 Oct. 2012) --- At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft is inserted into the upper stage of its Soyuz booster rocket Oct. 16, 2012. The Soyuz is being prepared for launch scheduled for Oct. 23 to the International Space Station with Expedition 33 NASA Flight Engineer Kevin Ford, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin for a five-month mission on the orbital laboratory. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov


Expedition 33 Crew Members



JSC2012-E-221493 (17 Oct. 2012) --- At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 33 Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right) review docking procedures with their Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center instructors Oct.17, 2012 as they prepare for launch scheduled for Oct.23 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. The trio will spend five months on the orbital laboratory. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov




JSC2012-E-221494 (17 Oct. 2012) --- At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 33 Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) practices docking techniques on a laptop computer simulator as Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center instructors look on Oct. 17, 2012. Joining Novitskiy are Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right) as they prepare for launch scheduled for Oct. 23 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. The trio will spend five months on the orbital laboratory. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov


Kevin Ford and Alexander Misurkin



JSC2012-E-221495 (17 Oct. 2012) --- Taking time out from training, Expedition 33 Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left) and backup Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin (right) play a game of chess at their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Oct. 17, 2012. Ford, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin are preparing for launch scheduled for Oct. 23 in their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft to spend five months on the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov


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Old 10-18-2012, 12:37 AM   #2
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You can view (many) photos (which won't fit in a couple of posts) from launch preparations on Energia site, there:As also on Roscosmos site, there:


NASA News Release:
MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-204
Coverage Set For Next Soyuz Crew Launch to Space Station


Oct. 17, 2012

HOUSTON -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of next week's launch and docking of the next trio of crew members who will fly to the International Space Station.

Expedition 33/34 NASA Flight Engineer Kevin Ford, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin are scheduled to launch in their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft at 5:51 a.m. CDT (4:51 p.m. Baikonur time) Tuesday, Oct. 23, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA TV launch coverage will begin at 4:30 a.m., and include video of activities leading to the crew boarding its spacecraft.

Two days later, at 7:35 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, the trio will dock the Soyuz to the space-facing Poisk module of the orbiting laboratory. NASA TV docking coverage begins at 7 a.m. Approximately three hours later, hatches between the Soyuz and station will open and Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin will be greeted by Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russia's Yuri Malenchenko. Hatch opening coverage begins at 9:45 a.m.

Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin will remain aboard the station until March 2013. Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide, who arrived at the complex in July, will return to Earth Nov. 19.

The full schedule of the Soyuz pre-launch, launch and docking includes coverage (all times are Central):
Thursday, Oct. 18
  • 1 p.m. -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 crew activities in Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Saturday, Oct. 20
  • 1 p.m. -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 crew activities and Soyuz rocket mating in Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Sunday, Oct. 21
  • 11 a.m. -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 Soyuz roll out to launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Monday, Oct. 22
  • 11 a.m. -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 final prelaunch crew news conference and Russian State Commission meeting in Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • 4:30 a.m. -- Expedition 33/34 Soyuz launch coverage (launch at 5:51 a.m.), includes video B-roll of crew pre-launch activities
  • 9 a.m. -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 Soyuz prelaunch and launch B-roll and post-launch interviews

Thursday, Oct. 25,
  • 7 a.m. -- Expedition 33/34 Soyuz docking coverage (docking at 7:35 a.m., followed by post-docking news conference from Mission Control in Korolev, Russia)
  • 9:45 a.m. -- Expedition 33/34 Soyuz hatch opening and welcoming ceremony (hatch opening at 10:15 a.m.)
  • Noon -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 Soyuz docking, hatch opening and welcoming ceremony
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One very interesting trivia: this launch will go out of pad 31/6 (instead of the famous "Gagarin's pad"), the first manned flight to go out of there since 1984! The reason is that the pad needed to be checked out prior to moving several flights to this pad next year, in order to do work on the veteran pad no.1/5 to upgrade it for the Soyuz-2 series. Here is a list of manned flights from this very pad:

Soyuz 3
Soyuz 4
Soyuz 6
Soyuz 8
(all four needs the second pad, as pad 1/5 are occupied by Soyuz 2/5/7 respectively)
Soyuz 9 (pad 1/5 in maintenance in 1970)
Soyuz 32
Soyuz 33
Soyuz 35
Soyuz 36 (pad 1/5 in maintenance in 1979)
Soyuz 39 (other pad occupied by Soyuz T-4)
Soyuz T-10
Soyuz T-11
Soyuz T-12 (pad 1/5 in maintenance in 1984 following the Soyuz T-10-1 fire)
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There are some nice high resolution photos from launch preparations in NASA HQ photos Expedition 33 photoset at Flickr.


Photos from Energia:
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Launch coverage now live on NASA TV.





Universe Today: Gallery: The Next ISS Soyuz Rolls Out to the Launchpad

Florida Today: Soyuz with American astronaut scheduled for early morning launch

There are new photos in NASA HQ photos Expedition 33 photoset.
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Launch coverage is live on TSENKI streams too:
http://www.tsenki.com/broadcast/broadcast/
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Now at T-15 minutes and counting.


A video from ingress earlier:
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Live coverage by MCC-M has also started (this one has a sound):
mms://193.233.61.171/live
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Ignition and lift-off.
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1/2 stage sep visible.
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