Next ISS Crew Ready for Launch on Monday

Next ISS Crew Ready for Launch on Monday

Three new crew members for the International Space Station (ISS) are readying for launch on Russia’s Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft late Monday evening Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

The launch is scheduled for 11:01 pm EDT on May 14, which will be 10:01 am May 15 in Kazakhstan where the Baikonur Cosmodrome is located.  NASA will carry the launch live on NASA TV beginning at 10:00 pm EDT.

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin will dock with the ISS two days later, joining the three crew members who are there already:  Russian Commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA’s Don Pettit and Europe’s Andre Kuipers.

If all goes according to plan, one of the first tasks for the 6-person crew will be berthing SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft with the ISS.  The Dragon launch is currently scheduled for May 19.

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