November 19th 2012 - 02:30 UTC

The crew are all out of the Soyuz and have been taken to a medical tent where they will dress into more comfortable clothing for the flight home.

November 19th 2012 - 02:10 UTC

It has been reported the Soyuz is on it's side, this is normal and will pose no issue in getting the crew out.

November 19th 2012 - 01:56 UTC

TOUCHDOWN! Soyuz TMA-05M has successfully returned to Earth after touching down on a snowy Kazakhstan.

November 19th 2012 - 01:53 UTC

1 minute until touchdown.

November 19th 2012 - 01:50 UTC

Cameras onboard the International Space Station captured the re-entry of the modules.

November 19th 2012 - 01:47 UTC

The Soyuz is now 3km off the ground as it slowly sails down under it's chute.

November 19th 2012 - 01:45 UTC

It is being reported that chute deploy was around 5 seconds off the target, which will result in a landing 35km off target. Search and recovery vehicles are repositioning currently.

November 19th 2012 - 01:43 UTC

The heatshield has now been jettisoned.

November 19th 2012 - 01:40 UTC

Confirmation the main parachute has now deployed.

November 19th 2012 - 01:39 UTC

The drogue chute has deployed on time, this will slow the Soyuz down to 80 meters per second.

November 19th 2012 - 01:34 UTC

The next major milestone will be parachute deploy, coming up in 5 minutes.

November 19th 2012 - 01:29 UTC

Confirmation of module separation has been received, entry interface is now just beginning.

November 19th 2012 - 01:26 UTC

The modules should have separated, Awaiting confirmation.

November 19th 2012 - 01:11 UTC

In 15 minutes the Descent Module with the crew inside will separate from the Service Module and the Orbital Module which will burn up in the atmosphere, only the Descent Module returns to Earth.

November 19th 2012 - 01:05 UTC

The de-orbit burn is complete, the burn went perfectly.

November 19th 2012 - 00:59 UTC

The nearly 5 minute de-orbit burn has begun!

November 19th 2012 - 00:50 UTC

Helicopters have taken off and are heading to the intended landing site for the Soyuz TMA-05M. This will be the first night landing since Expedition 12 in 2006.

November 18th 2012 - 22:30 UTC

The Soyuz has fired its thrusters in a separation burn.

November 18th 2012 - 22:26 UTC

UNDOCKING! Soyuz TMA-05M has successfully undocked from the Station and is slowly backing away.

November 18th 2012 - 22:20 UTC

Hooks and latches have begun releasing in preparation for the undocking of Soyuz TMA-05M.

November 18th 2012 - 21:50 UTC

Hatches between the Soyuz TMA-05M and International Space Station were closed today at around 07:20 UTC. The three membered crew are scheduled to undock at 10:26 UTC with a 5 minute de-orbit burn taking place at 00:58 UTC and landing in Kazakhstan at 01:53 UTC on November 19th 2012.

July 17th 2012 - 07:25 UTC

Hatches were officially opened at 07:23 UTC. Both crew will welcome each other and hold an official welcome ceremony before going through a tour of the Station and shown emergency procedures.

July 17th 2012 - 07:00 UTC

Currently leak checks of the small vestibule area between the Soyuz TMA-05M and Rassvet module on the Station are taking place.

July 17th 2012 - 05:05 UTC

Hooks and latches are closing to form a hard mate with the complex. The hatches are scheduled to be opened at 07:25 UTC.

July 17th 2012 - 04:51 UTC

Contact and capture of Soyuz TMA-05M to the International Space Station!

July 17th 2012 - 04:45 UTC

40 meters away as the Soyuz draws closer.

July 17th 2012 - 04:43 UTC

Soyuz is currently at 100 meters, closing at 0.5 meters per second.

July 17th 2012 - 04:42 UTC

The final approach is underway.

July 17th 2012 - 04:38 UTC

Soyuz is now station keeping at 189 meters.

July 17th 2012 - 04:35 UTC

At 230 meters the fly around of the Station has begun.

July 17th 2012 - 04:33 UTC

The sun is rising in orbit as external cameras on the Station pick up the Soyuz.

July 17th 2012 - 04:30 UTC

The Soyuz is now 400 meters away from the Station, closing at 1.3 meters per second.

July 17th 2012 - 04:21 UTC

The International Space Station is now visible through Soyuz cameras as they pass 2km at a rate of just under 5 meters per second.

July 17th 2012 - 04:15 UTC

The Soyuz TMA-05M has just passed the 3km point as it continues it's approach for a docking this morning. Contact is scheduled for 04:52 UTC.

July 15th 2012 - 03:45 UTC

Videos of the launch, launch replays and various pre-launch activities the crew underwent are available at the bottom of this page. Docking of Soyuz TMA-05M to the International Space Station is set for July 17th 2012 at 04:52 UTC.

July 15th 2012 - 03:01 UTC

The solar arrays on the Soyuz have deployed and the crew are 'GO' to open their visors after a successful and flawless launch into orbit.

July 15th 2012 - 02:50 UTC

The Soyuz has separated from the second stage, Expedition 32 now successfully in orbit.

July 15th 2012 - 02:46 UTC

The first stage has shut down and separated from the second stage, which is now burning. 2 minutes remaining until Soyuz separation.

July 15th 2012 - 02:43 UTC

The escape tower and the payload fairing has been jettisoned, Sunlight now beaming into the Spacecraft.

July 15th 2012 - 02:42 UTC

The four strap on boosters have separated on time.

July 15th 2012 - 02:41 UTC

The four boosters and single first stage are all burning nominal.

July 15th 2012 - 02:40 UTC

LAUNCH! The Soyuz TMA-05M has lifted off!

July 15th 2012 - 02:35 UTC

Range is green for launch. The launch key has been inserted and controls have been switched to onboard power.

July 15th 2012 - 02:32 UTC

Pre-launch procedures are wrapping up, Recorders inside the vehicle have been turned on and controllers will shortly report that the range is 'GO' to support the launch.

July 15th 2012 - 02:00 UTC

The large service structure is slowly lowering from the vehicle. The service structure is in two halves and provides access to the entire Soyuz booster as well as houses the elevator the crew took to the Soyuz TMA-05M Spacecraft.

July 15th 2012 - 01:40 UTC

The countdown is at T-1 Hour and counting as the crew are all inside their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft now.

July 15th 2012 - 00:10 UTC

The three membered crew are now heading up the elevator at the launch pad to their Soyuz TMA-05M Spacecraft to begin ingress.

July 15th 2012 - 00:00 UTC

The crew under a security escort are visible approaching the launch pad as daylight breaks in Baikonur.

July 14th 2012 - 21:50 UTC

Tanking of the Soyuz-FG began a short while ago as the rocket sits at the launch site 1/5 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The three member crew will begin suit up in 30 minutes before heading out to the launch pad at around T-3 Hours until launch.

The crew will arrive at the pad 30 minutes later and head up the elevator to the Soyuz TMA-05M where they will enter through the Orbital Module side hatch and lower themselves down into the reentry module. The Orbital Module contains the docking mechanism and is used for storage, the reentry module is where the crew seats are located and is the only part of the spacecraft to return home.

July 12th 2012 - 12:45 UTC

This morning the Soyuz-FG booster with Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft was rolled out to the launch pad and erected vertically in the launch position.

July 11th 2012 - 22:00 UTC

Video of the rocket mating operations that took place today is available at the bottom of this page.

July 11th 2012 - 12:00 UTC

Today in the Launch Vehicle and Checkout Facility the freshly encapsulated Soyuz TMA-05M was mated to the second stage of the Soyuz-FG booster. The launch escape tower that will boost the spacecraft away from the rocket should their be a problem during launch was then bolted on top of the payload fairing. The completed second stage with Soyuz TMA-05M was then raised into position in front of the first stage of the Soyuz-FG booster ready for mating. Technicians safely secured the second stage to the first stage completing general integration of the launch vehicle and Soyuz spacecraft.

July 10th 2012 - 18:00 UTC

The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft freshly encapsulated in the payload fairing was transported from the Spacecraft Processing Facility for mating to the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle.

July 10th 2012 - 12:00 UTC

Today the three membered Expedition 32 crew inspected their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft as it sits in the launch configuration before mate to the Soyuz booster. The crew also inspected and noted the equipment they will be delivering to the International Space Station, as well as returning back to Earth. There will be a video later today on the crews activities as the launch draws closer.

July 9th 2012 - 12:00 UTC

Yesterday the Soyuz TMA-05M Spacecraft was successfully rotated 90 degrees and rolled into the payload fairing, This process is called encapsulation and was completed ahead of launch, still on target for July 15th 2012 at 02:40 UTC.

July 5th 2012 - 19:00 UTC

Today July 5th the Soyuz TMA-05M was moved to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations including the encapsulation of the spacecraft in the payload fairing.

July 5th 2012 - 10:00 UTC

The Expedition 32 crew made up of Soyuz TMA-04M commander Yuri Malenchenko from the Russian Space Agency, Flight engineer Sunita Williams of NASA and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 2nd. Their arrival sets the stage for a final two weeks of pre-launch activities ahead of their launch, currently set for July 25th 2012 with a lift off time at 02:37 UTC.

After launching they will spend a couple days in their Soyuz TMA-05M Spacecraft before linking up with the International Space Station on July 17th, They will dock to the Rassvet Module on the Russian side of the Space Station. Once docked they will join the other half of the Expedition 32 crew made up of Station Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight engineer Sergei Revin both from the Russian Space Agency and Flight engineer Joseph Acaba of NASA.

Major milestones ahead of this launch will be the third stage of the Soyuz-FG booster being mated to the first and second stages on July 11th, The mating of the Soyuz TMA-05M and then rollout of the entire combined vehicle on July 12th.