Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Expedition 19 Crew Launches to Station

Soyuz TMA-14 Launches Today with Expedition 19. (D. Steitz)

A new long duration crew is bound for their new home in space following a beautiful launch this morning from a rainy, overcast sky at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The four liquid-fueled boosters of the Soyuz rocket boosted the 15,800 pound Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft with the Expedition 19 crew aboard at 7:49:15 am EDT, or 5:49 pm local time, today. Two minutes into the flight, sunshine began to light the cabin as the ship soared through the last traces of the earth's atmosphere.

For the first time in spaceflight history, there are currently 13 humans in space - 10 Americans, 2 Russians & 1 from Japan. There are currently three manned spacecraft's in orbit now.

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