Soyuz TMA-08M Pre-Launch Activities


At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 35/36 NASA Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Russian Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin, along with backup crew members Oleg Kotov, Sergey Ryazanskiy and Michael Hopkins, participated in a final fit check of their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft and other pre-launch activities on March 23, after the encapsulation of the spacecraft in the upper stage of its booster rocket on March 22. The three Soyuz rocket booster stages were then integrated on March 25. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station at 4:43 p.m. EDT on March 28 (2:43 a.m. on March 29, Kazakhstan time).

Source: NASA Television



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