Thursday, March 26, 2009

Soyuz Rocket Fueled; Crew Boarding for Flight

Launch of the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft carrying the next long duration crew bound for the international space station is set for liftoff in one hour, however the weather at the launch site is very overcast.

Expedition 19 commander Gennady Padalka, flight engineer Michael Barratt and space tourist Charles Simonyi have boarded the craft - which sits on the same launch pad cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin used 49 years ago this April 12th.

Liftoff time is scheduled for 7:49:14 am EDT [5:49 pm local time] today.
Earlier this morning, NASA astronaut Barratt told members of the media, "There's a rocket out there with our name on it. Ready or not we're gonna fly it!"

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