March 29th 2013 - 04:36 UTC

The hatches have successfully opened at 04:35 UTC.

March 29th 2013 - 04:35 UTC

The crew are currently having some challenges in equalising the pressure between the Soyuz and Station.

March 29th 2013 - 03:59 UTC

The crew are changing from their launch suits into flight clothes ahead of the hatch opening, due in 10 minutes.

March 29th 2013 - 03:46 UTC

Leak checks are continuing between the Soyuz and Station. Hatch opening is scheduled at 04:10 UTC but may occur slightly earlier.

March 29th 2013 - 03:00 UTC

Video of the docking is now available at the bottom of this page.

March 29th 2013 - 02:35 UTC

The hooks between the Soyuz and the Station are now closed, confirming a hardmate between the two vehicles. The crew are now going through leak checks ahead of hatch opening.

March 29th 2013 - 02:28 UTC

CONTACT AND CAPTURE! The Soyuz TMA-08M officially docked to the International Space Station at 02:28 UTC.

March 29th 2013 - 02:28 UTC

Standing by for contact and capture.

March 29th 2013 - 02:26 UTC

20 meters away from contact.

March 29th 2013 - 02:23 UTC

Soyuz now at 50 meters away from the Poisk module.

March 29th 2013 - 02:20 UTC

Final approach has been initiated.

March 29th 2013 - 02:18 UTC

The Soyuz is now station keeping ahead of final approach.

March 29th 2013 - 02:07 UTC

Soyuz now just 750 meters away from the Station.

March 29th 2013 - 02:05 UTC

The crew reporting "(We) had some snacks, then some juice and feel good".

March 29th 2013 - 01:56 UTC

Soyuz now 5km from the Station.

March 29th 2013 - 01:45 UTC

The Soyuz crew are reporting they can see the International Space Station. 25 Minutes away from beginning the flyaround.

March 29th 2013 - 00:35 UTC

Now under 2 hours to docking between the Soyuz TMA-08M and the Poisk Module of the International Space Station.

March 28th 2013 - 21:33 UTC

Videos of launch, launch replays and the suit up and travel to the launch pad of the crew are all available at the bottom of this page.

March 28th 2013 - 21:32 UTC

Docking will occur in 5 hours from now.

March 28th 2013 - 20:53 UTC

T+9 Minutes: The solar arrays and various antennas have successfully deployed on the Soyuz TMA-08M.

March 28th 2013 - 20:52 UTC

T+8 Minutes, 45 Seconds: The third stage has separated from the Soyuz TMA-08M.

March 28th 2013 - 20:50 UTC

T+7 Minutes: Everything is continuing to go well with the flight, now just under 2 minutes to Soyuz/Third Stage separation.

March 28th 2013 - 20:48 UTC

T+4 Minutes, 54 Seconds: The third stage has ignited, quickly followed by the separation of the second stage. Soyuz-FG now in the final stage of powered flight.

March 28th 2013 - 20:46 UTC

T+3 Minutes: The payload fairing protecting the Soyuz TMA-08M from the initial stage of launch has now been jettisoned.

March 28th 2013 - 20:45 UTC

T+2 Minutes: The four strap on boosters have shut down and separated from the second stage.

March 28th 2013 - 20:44 UTC

T+1 Minute: Everything is going well, the four boosters and core stage are all burning nominally.

March 28th 2013 - 20:43 UTC

T-0: LIFTOFF! Three new crew members are heading for a fast track journey to the International Space Station.

March 28th 2013 - 20:42 UTC

T-15 Seconds: Ignition of the engines.

March 28th 2013 - 20:42 UTC

T-1 Minute: The Soyuz TMA-08M has been placed on internal power.

March 28th 2013 - 20:39 UTC

The launch key has been inserted in the launch bunker.

March 28th 2013 - 20:25 UTC

The launch gantry has now retracted from the rocket.

March 28th 2013 - 20:05 UTC

The service structure halves have been lowered into launch position and the pad is being cleared of all personnel.

March 28th 2013 - 19:43 UTC

Houston have given a 'GO' for launch tonight at 20:43 UTC, One hour from now.

March 28th 2013 - 18:20 UTC

The three cosmonauts of Pavel Vinogradov, Chris Cassidy and Alexander Misurkin have boarded the elevator that will take them up to the Soyuz TMA-08M mated to the Soyuz-FG rocket at Launch Pad 1 of Baikonur Cosmodrome.

March 28th 2013 - 16:00 UTC

At this time in Baikonur the process to begin filling the Soyuz-FG with super cold liquid oxygen will be beginning. The crew will head out to the pad and enter the rocket at around T-2 Hours, 30 Minutes.

March 26th 2013 - 09:20 UTC

The Soyuz-FG and Soyuz TMA-08M vehicles freshly mated together rolled out and was erected at the Baikonur Launch Pad 1/5 today in Kazakhstan. Launch is still on target for 20:43 UTC on March 28th 2013.

March 26th 2013 - 09:00 UTC

The Expedition 35 crew made up of Soyuz TMA-08M commander Pavel Vinogradov from the Russian Space Agency, Flight engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Space Agency arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 16th. Their arrival sets the stage for a final two weeks of pre-launch activities ahead of their launch, currently set for March 28th 2013 with a lift off time at 20:43 UTC.

After launching they will spend just 6 hours in their Soyuz TMA-08M Spacecraft before linking up with the International Space Station, They will dock to the Poisk Module on the Russian side of the Space Station at 02:32 UTC. Once docked they will join the other half of the Expedition 35 crew made up of Station Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency and Flight engineers Roman Romanenko of the Russian Space Agency and Tom Marshburn 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 March 25th, The mating of the Soyuz TMA-08M and then rollout of the entire combined vehicle on March 26th.

This will be the first manned flight using the fast approach and docking technique that several unmanned Progress vehicles have used since last year.