Thursday, March 26, 2009

Expedition 19 Crew in Space; Docking Saturday

Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt along with space tourist Charles Simonyi are on orbit and two days away from their docking with the international space station, and the start of Padalka & Barratt's six month stay in space.

Nine and a half minutes after launch, their spacecraft reached orbit. Its antennas and solar arrays were deployed shortly afterward, stated Mission Control in Moscow.

The Soyuz TMA-14 will slowly fly up to the station early Saturday morning EDT, and then dock to the Russian side of the station at 9:14 am EDT.

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