March 16th 2013 - 04:15 UTC

Videos of the landing and egress of the Soyuz TMA-06M are now available at the bottom of this page.

March 16th 2013 - 03:51 UTC

The crew are now being taken to respective helicopters for an expedited return due to the weather conditions.

March 16th 2013 - 03:48 UTC

Now the final crew member Evgeny Tarelkin has been removed from the Soyuz.

March 16th 2013 - 03:46 UTC

Now Expedition 34 commander Kevin Ford has been removed from the Soyuz spacecraft.

March 16th 2013 - 03:44 UTC

The Soyuz commander Oleg Novitskiy has been removed from the Soyuz.

March 16th 2013 - 03:40 UTC

The process of opening the hatch is now beginning.

March 16th 2013 - 03:30 UTC

The Soyuz landed upright at around 03:10 UTC, an official time has yet to be determined. Recovery forces are now slowly approaching the spacecraft to begin crew extraction.

March 16th 2013 - 03:26 UTC

The first recovery vehicle is now just arriving at the spacecraft.

March 16th 2013 - 03:15 UTC

Now standing by for hopefully some uplinked television from the landing site, Unknown yet if that will be possible due to the weather conditions.

March 16th 2013 - 03:11 UTC

TOUCHDOWN. Confirmation from the recovery forces that the Soyuz TMA-06M has touched down.

March 16th 2013 - 03:10 UTC

Standing by for confirmation of touchdown.

March 16th 2013 - 03:05 UTC

1 minute to touchdown.

March 16th 2013 - 03:00 UTC

The Soyuz now descending through 3.5km.

March 16th 2013 - 02:56 UTC

Ground crews have a visual on the vehicle, everything is well.

March 16th 2013 - 02:55 UTC

The parachutes will have opened by this point.

March 16th 2013 - 02:50 UTC

The crew onboard report everything is well.

March 16th 2013 - 02:45 UTC

Russian officials say telemetry shows a normal separation of modules. Only the Descent module returns to Earth, the Orbital and Propulsion modules burn up in Earth's atmosphere.

March 16th 2013 - 02:20 UTC

An influx of low clouds at the landing site have caused rescue helicopters to return to the staging point. The recovery forces will be using ground transportation instead as plans are currently being changed.

March 16th 2013 - 02:18 UTC

The de-orbit burn has been completed successfully.

March 16th 2013 - 02:13 UTC

The burn is now underway, this will last 4 minutes and 44 seconds.

March 16th 2013 - 02:12 UTC

Exactly 1 minute to the de-orbit burn.

March 16th 2013 - 01:45 UTC

The Soyuz TMA-06M has moved into the de-orbit burn position, the burn will last 4 minutes and 44 seconds.

March 16th 2013 - 00:20 UTC

Videos of the hatch closure and undocking are now available at the bottom of this page.

March 15th 2013 - 23:46 UTC

The burn is complete, everything went well as the Soyuz provides wonderful views of the Russian segment of the International Space Station.

March 15th 2013 - 23:46 UTC

The separation burn is now underway, This burn will last 15 seconds.

March 15th 2013 - 23:45 UTC

Crew are reporting the docking mechanism is free of debris.

March 15th 2013 - 23:43 UTC

SEPARATION! The Soyuz TMA-06M is now slowly backing away from the Poisk module of the International Space Station.

March 15th 2013 - 23:40 UTC

Hooks are now driving to release the Soyuz TMA-06M.

March 15th 2013 - 23:33 UTC

Final preparations are being made for an on time undock in just under 10 minutes from now.

March 15th 2013 - 20:39 UTC

Hatches between the Soyuz TMA-06M and the Poisk Module have been closed officially at 20:38 UTC.

March 15th 2013 - 20:39 UTC

Weather at the landing site at the time of touch down is to be scattered clouds at 1000 feet, broken clouds at 25,000 feet and very light winds at 7mph with bitter temperatures of -9C, 15F.

March 15th 2013 - 20:33 UTC

The Soyuz TMA-06M has been placed on battery power as the crew work to close the hatches.

March 15th 2013 - 20:00 UTC

Weather is looking great for todays landing attempt in Kazakhstan.

March 14th 2013 - 21:10 UTC

Hatch closure will occur tomorrow at 20:25 UTC, undocking at 23:43 UTC with a landing at 03:06 UTC.

March 14th 2013 - 21:05 UTC

Officials are telling the crew that the weather in Kazakhstan has not improved and the landing will be delayed by 24 hours.

March 14th 2013 - 21:00 UTC

Fog, freezing rain and poor visibility prevented any Russian recovery helicopters from taking off this morning, Russian State Officials are still discussing wether they can takeoff for a landing opportunity tonight.

March 14th 2013 - 19:30 UTC

A meeting will occur in one hour between Russian officials to give the go ahead on landing tonight. There is concern regarding poor weather conditions at the landing site which may cause a 24 or 48 hour delay. The crew onboard are pressing ahead with procedures for hatch closure on the hope they will get a 'GO' by 20:30 UTC.

March 14th 2013 - 16:00 UTC

Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin are preparing to depart the International Space Station and head home today after 141 days onboard. They will undock in their Soyuz TMA-06M at 00:30 UTC for a landing in Kazakhstan at 03:56 UTC.

October 25th 2012 - 16:25 UTC

Videos of the docking and hatch opening are now available at the bottom of this page.

October 25th 2012 - 16:00 UTC

Hatches were opened around 15:11 UTC with all six crew members enjoying a ceremonial meeting with members on the ground in Moscow. With that over, cargo will begin to be removed from the Soyuz and the new crew will be shown around the complex.

October 25th 2012 - 12:40 UTC

Confirmation that all the hooks and latches have been secured, Soyuz is now hard mated to the complex.

October 25th 2012 - 12:29 UTC

CONTACT & CAPTURE! The Soyuz TMA-06M successfully docked at 12:29 UTC with three new crew members for Expedition 33.

October 25th 2012 - 12:29 UTC

5 meters to go.

October 25th 2012 - 12:25 UTC

40 meters to go.

October 25th 2012 - 12:20 UTC

Final approach is now underway.

October 25th 2012 - 12:20 UTC

The Soyuz is now performing a roll manoeuvre to position the craft into the final approach configuration.

October 25th 2012 - 12:10 UTC

The Soyuz now visible via Station cameras. Range is 330 meters closing in at 0.7 meters per second.

October 25th 2012 - 12:05 UTC

The Soyuz TMA-06M is 1km from the International Space Station, as it approaches the Poisk module for docking, set for 12:35 UTC.

October 23rd 2012 - 12:00 UTC

Video of launch, the replays from various angles around Baikonur and of earlier activities before launch are now available at the bottom of this page.

October 23rd 2012 - 11:00 UTC

T+0:09:00: All antennas and solar arrays have deployed successfully on the Soyuz TMA-06M.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:59 UTC

T+0:09:00: The third stage has shut down and separated. The Soyuz separated successfully!

October 23rd 2012 - 10:56 UTC

T+0:05:00: The third stage has ignited, quickly followed by separation of the second stage. The third stage single engine will burn for four minutes.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:55 UTC

T+0:04:00: The core booster, now the second stage, is burning flawlessly.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:54 UTC

T+0:03:00: The payload fairing covering the Soyuz spacecraft has jettisoned on time.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:53 UTC

T+0:02:00: The four strap on boosters have jettisoned.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:51 UTC

T:0: LAUNCH! A new crew are on the way to the International Space Station.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:50 UTC

T-0:01:00: The umbilicials are beginning to separate.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:48 UTC

T-0:04:00: The crew are closing their visors and activating the O2 flow to their helmets.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:46 UTC

T-0:05:00: The range is clear at Baikonur, Everything ready for launch.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:44 UTC

T-0:07:00: The launch key has been inserted.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:30 UTC

The service structure halves are now in their launch position. Everything remains clear as the crew go through their final checks before launch.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:25 UTC

The service structure halves are now lowering from the vehicle.

October 23rd 2012 - 10:20 UTC

Everything remains green at Baikonur. The retraction of the service structure halves has been delayed slightly as people are still working on it.

October 23rd 2012 - 09:30 UTC

The Expedition 33 crew arrived at the launch pad at around 08:15 UTC this morning to take a look at their vehicle before boarding the lift that took them to the top of the launch tower and into the Soyuz TMA-06M Spacecraft. The vehicle is fully fueled with weather very reasonable, blue skies and very little clouds.

October 21st 2012 - 10:30 UTC

The Russian Soyuz-FG rocket with the Soyuz TMA-06M Spacecraft was rolled out to the launch pad this morning ahead of launch, still on track for October 23rd 2012 at 10:51 UTC.

October 18th 2012 - 21:30 UTC

Videos of the crews arrival in Baikonur as well as the training activities they took part in, and finally the encapsulation of the Soyuz TMA-06M are all available at the bottom of this page.

October 10th 2012 - 08:45 UTC

The Expedition 33 crew made up of Soyuz TMA-06M commander Oleg Novistskiy from the Russian Space Agency, Flight engineer Kevin Ford of NASA and Evgeny Tarelkin of the Russian Space Angency arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on October 9th. Their arrival sets the stage for a final two weeks of pre-launch activities ahead of their launch, currently set for October 23rd 2012 with a lift off time at 10:51 UTC.

After launching they will spend a couple days in their Soyuz TMA-06M Spacecraft before linking up with the International Space Station on October 25th, They will dock to the Poisk Module on the Russian side of the Space Station. Once docked they will join the other half of the Expedition 33 crew made up of Station Commander Sunni Williams of NASA, Flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Space Agency and Akihiko Hoshide of JAXA.

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 October 20th, The mating of the Soyuz TMA-06M and then rollout of the entire combined vehicle on October 21st.