How launched spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-12M"
• How launched spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-12M"
March 26 spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-12M" was successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and headed for the International Space Station. The expedition to the ISS will last 169 days, waiting for her nearly 50 research projects, including a manual start of the microsatellite.
Beautiful photos from the start.
The rocket was taken out of the assembly and test facility and transported to the launch pad in the Kazakh steppe on a special train with a speed of 5 km / h. Baikonur, March 22, 2014.
"Union" transportation to the launch site Baikonur, March 23, 2014.
The rise of the rocket in a vertical position at the launch pad, Baikonur, 23 March 2014.
New 39th expedition had to go to the International Space Station for a "short" a six-hour scheme. Before that, all manned spacecraft "Soyuz" fly to the ISS two days. The main advantage of the flight of the 6-hour chart is that the crew of the spaceship does not have time to feel weightless, t. To. Its impact on the body is beginning to affect approximately after 5 hours of flight.
The Russian "know-how" - sanctification rocket Baikonur cosmodrome May 27 2013, March 24, 2014.
... and the astronauts at the same time.
Press Conference. ISS sent Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronaut Steven Swanson.
Another tradition - to sign on the door of his room at the hotel "Cosmonaut" where usually live crew members before the start. The commander Alexander Skvortsov, Baikonur, 15 March 2014.
Let's go! Start spaceship "TMA-12M Soyuz" from Baikonur, March 26, 2014.
Docking with the International Space Station was to take place at 07:04 Moscow time on March 26 but it was postponed for two days. Docked "Union" was planned according to the new, truncated scheme - six hours for which the ship had to make four turns around the Earth. However, in the third round came on-board equipment failure, and there were problems with the correct orientation of the spacecraft.
Baikonur, March 26, 2014.
Thus, docked "Union" with the station will be carried out not by the "short" a six-hour chart, and on the "long" two-night. It will happen in the morning March 28, 2014.