Expedition 43 Crew Mates Depart to Baikonur, Kazakhstan for Launch


Expedition 43 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), NASA Flight Engineer Scott Kelly and their backups, Alexei Ovchinin and Sergei Volkov of Roscosmos and Jeff Williams of NASA participated in traditional ceremonies at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia on March 14, which included a visit by Expedition 42 cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, who returned to Earth March 12 in their Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft along with Barry Wilmore of NASA (not pictured). Afterward, they departed for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to complete their training for the launch of Padalka, Kelly and Kornienko to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft on March 27 U.S. time (March 28, Kazakh time). Kelly and Kornienko will spend a year aboard the orbital outpost.

Source: NASA Television



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