Expedition 31 launched



NASA’s Joe Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin were launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome tonight. Launch video will be posted when I find a good clip.

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  1. So Howard Wolowitz’s mission was scrapped? ;)

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  2. I wonder what the cost to orbit would be if we had mass-produced the Saturn IB the way the Soviets/Russians have the R-7 series…

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  3. The Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft and its booster were moved to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a railcar on May 13, 2012 for final preparations prior to launch to the International Space Station as shown in this 15-minute video. The live launch coverage begins Monday evening at 10 PM EDT on NASA-TV . The Russian Soyuz launch system remains the only means to get Russian cosmonauts and American and European astronauts to the International Space Station. Many observers believe it will remain the only way through at least 2016-to-2017. The American SpaceX private launch firm aspires to send astronauts to the station in less than five years. This coming Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:55 AM EDT, the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster is expected to loft the Dragon cargo capsule to dock with the ISS for the first time, as now planned.

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