Russian Manned Launches

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    Well, we've had one manned launch so far this year , namely the Soyuz TMA-08M in March. Now it's time for another one, the TMA-09M. It's due to launch at around 2030 UTC tomorrow Tuesday (28/5) and is set to deliver a crew of three to the International Space Station, again upping the total number of station personnel to six (already onboard is astronaut Christopher Cassidy and cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Aleksandr Misurkin).

    These are Russian engineer and veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin (three earlier spaceflights), American engineer and astronaut Karen Nyberg (one earlier spaceflight) and Italian Air Force captain Luca Parmitano, who is going into space for the first time.

    As with the aforementioned March launch, this one will rendezvous with the space station after only 5½-6 hours, quite an improvement over the several days it took for earlier Soyuz flights and the US shuttles. Yurchikhin will act as the commander onboard the spaceship during this rather short flight.

    As usual, spaceflight buffs can watch the entire thing live at NASA TV's webcast and at Ценки/Tsenki. Since Luca is an ESA astronaut, ESA Television also provides streamed coverage this time. These broadcasts usually start about an hour and a half before the scheduled liftoff and links are here:
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html (English)
    http://www.tsenki.com/broadcast/ (Russian)
    http://esatv.esa.int/Television (English)

    Next up is (yeah, you guessed it) TMA-10M, due for launch in September.

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