Soyuz TMA-10M Launches, Taking Three Crew to ISS – UPDATE

Soyuz TMA-10M Launches, Taking Three Crew to ISS – UPDATE

UPDATE:  10:48 PM EDT.   Contact and capture of Soyuz TMA-10M with ISS was achieved at 10:45 pm EDT, a couple of minutes early.

ORIGINAL STORY: Russia launched its Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft on time at 4:58 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) today, September 25 (2:58 am September 26 local time at the launch site in Kazakhstan).  NASA refers to this as Soyuz 36 because it is the 36th Soyuz to travel to the International Space Station (ISS).

Three new ISS crew members are aboard and are taking the expedited trajectory to the space station, with docking after just four orbits.   Docking time is 10:47 pm EDT tonight.

NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy will join the three crew already on ISS:  NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.

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