Soyuz TMA-16M & Soyuz-FG Rocket Roll out to Launch Pad ahead of 1 Year Mission

The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft and its booster were moved to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 25 for final preparations before launch to the International Space Station on March 27 U.S. time (March 28, Kazakh time). The Soyuz TMA-16M will carry Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA Flight Engineer Scott Kelly to the orbital complex, where Kelly and Kornienko will spend a year conducting research on the long duration effects of space travel on the human body.

Source: NASA Television

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