Soyuz TMA-16M (ISS-42S) to Launch 1 Year ISS Crew



Image Credit & Copyright: NASA Aubrey Gemignani of the landing of Expedition 42.

Friday, March 27, at 19:42 UTC (15:42 EDT) a Soyuz-FG rocket; TMA-16M (ISS 42S) will be lifting off from Launch Pad 1/Launcher 5 (LC 1/5) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It will carry two crew members of Expedition 43/44/45 & 46 (And 1 member of Expedition 43/44) to the International Space Station (ISS) on a four orbit, 6 hour “fast-track” launch to docking flight which began manned operations on TMA-08M on March 28, 2013. This mission will kick off the 1 Year Mission of Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko. This will also be the 125th flight of a Soyuz capsule since its 1st launch on April 23, 1967.

The crew will dock with the Russian Mini Research module-2 (MRM-2) Poisk “Search” Module on Saturday morning (Friday night in the U.S.) and that capsule will remain…

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