December 21st 2012 - 17:10 UTC

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

December 21st 2012 - 17:00 UTC

The three new crew members are now speaking with their family about their launch and journey to the Station.

December 21st 2012 - 16:37 UTC

The hatch has been opened at 16:37 UTC.

December 21st 2012 - 16:35 UTC

A GO to open the hatch has been given.

December 21st 2012 - 16:20 UTC

Hatches between the Soyuz TMA-07M and International Space Station will be opened very soon after a series of leak checks have been taking place. Once the hatches are open a welcoming ceremony will take place before the new crew will be shown around the complex and shown emergency procedures in the very unlikely event of an emergency during their time onboard the station.

December 21st 2012 - 14:18 UTC

The hooks have now driven in to make a firm mate with the complex.

December 21st 2012 - 14:09 UTC

The forward docking probe is now retracting.

December 21st 2012 - 14:09 UTC

CONTACT & CAPTURE! Docking confirmed at 14:09 UTC.

December 21st 2012 - 14:08 UTC

Standing by for contact and capture.

December 21st 2012 - 14:06 UTC

Now 20 meters separating the Soyuz and the International Space Station.

December 21st 2012 - 14:03 UTC

Soyuz now at 45 meters away from the docking port.

December 21st 2012 - 13:59 UTC

Final approach is now underway.

December 21st 2012 - 13:58 UTC

Soyuz now stationkeeping as it checks it's alignment to the docking port.

December 21st 2012 - 13:51 UTC

The Soyuz is now at 500 meters and the flyaround is about to begin.

December 21st 2012 - 13:40 UTC

It's docking day in space as the Soyuz TMA-07M Spacecraft approaches the International Space Station at a range of 2.5km.

December 19th 2012 - 13:20 UTC

Videos of the crew preparing for launch this morning and the launch are now available at the bottom of this page.

December 19th 2012 - 12:23 UTC

T+9 Minutes: The Soyuz solar arrays and antennas have successfully deployed! The crew now safely in orbit.

December 19th 2012 - 12:22 UTC

T+8 Minutes: SOYUZ SEPARATION! The third stage has shut down and separated from the Soyuz TMA-07M.

December 19th 2012 - 12:20 UTC

T+7 Minutes: The third stage continuing to fire flawlessly, The burn has around one minute to go.

December 19th 2012 - 12:18 UTC

T+6 Minutes: Everything is nominal onboard as the third and final stage burns.

December 19th 2012 - 12:17 UTC

T+5 Minutes: The second stage has now shut down and jettisoned.

December 19th 2012 - 12:17 UTC

T+5 Minutes: The third stage has now ignited!

December 19th 2012 - 12:15 UTC

T+3 Minutes: The payload fairing has now separated, daylight now streaming into the Soyuz TMA-07M Spacecraft.

December 19th 2012 - 12:15 UTC

T+2 Minutes: The escape tower has jettisoned, followed by the jettison of the four strap on boosters.

December 19th 2012 - 12:13 UTC

T+1 Minute: The rocket is stable, the flight is nominal.

December 19th 2012 - 12:12 UTC

T-0: LIFTOFF! Three new crew members are on their way to the International Space Station.

December 19th 2012 - 12:12 UTC

T-20 Seconds: The launch command has been issued.

December 19th 2012 - 12:12 UTC

T-1 Minute: The rocket is now on internal power.

December 19th 2012 - 12:10 UTC

T-2 Minutes: Controls in the Soyuz have been activated, everything is go.

December 19th 2012 - 12:02 UTC

The crew are now closing their helmets as the countdown reaches T-10 minutes.

December 19th 2012 - 12:00 UTC

The crew currently listening to Great Big Sea, which followed Depeche Mode, Enjoy the Silence.

December 19th 2012 - 11:57 UTC

Leak checks of the crews suits have now been completed.

December 19th 2012 - 11:30 UTC

The service structure has now lowered and is in launch position.

December 19th 2012 - 10:10 UTC

Everything is going well with today's countdown, fueling began several hours ago at the launch pad in Baikonur. The crew arrived and entered their Soyuz TMA-07M at around 09:40 UTC to begin final preparations inside the capsule ahead of launch.

December 18th 2012 - 15:00 UTC

The Expedition 34 crew made up of Soyuz TMA-07M commander Roman Romanenko from the Russian Space Agency, Flight engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on December 6th. Their arrival sets the stage for a final two weeks of pre-launch activities ahead of their launch, currently set for December 19th 2012 with a lift off time at 12:12 UTC.

After launching they will spend a couple days in their Soyuz TMA-07M Spacecraft before linking up with the International Space Station on December 21st, 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 34 crew made up of Station Commander Kevin Ford of NASA and Flight engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin of the Russian Space Agency.

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 December 16th, The mating of the Soyuz TMA-07M and then rollout of the entire combined vehicle on December 17th.