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Expedition 46 Launch

The Soyuz TMA-19M rocket is launched with Expedition 46 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA, and Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency), Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Malenchenko, Kopra, and Peake will spend the next six-months living and working aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Photographers take pictures as Russia’s Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft, carrying the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 46/47 crew of Britain’s astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and US astronaut Tim Kopra, blasts off from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on December 15th 2015. Credit: AFP/ Kirill Kudryavtsev

KAZAKHSTAN, BAIKONUR : Russia’s Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 46/47 crew of Britain’s astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and US astronaut Tim Kopra blasts off from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on December 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV          

Soyuz TMA-19M rollout

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft is rolled out by train, on 13 December 2015, from the MIK 112 integration facility to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad 1, in Kazakhstan.

ESA astronaut Tim Peake will leave for the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 15 December at 11:03 GMT (12:03 CET) with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko.

Follow Tim Peake and his mission via timpeake.esa.int and watch the launch live on the ESA website.

Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2015

Expedition 47 took a group portrait inside the BEAM module last week. The expedition is set to end Friday morning when Commander Timothy Kopra hands the station over to Jeff Williams, Commander of Expedition 48.

Kopra, along with Flight Engineers Tim Peake and Yuri Malenchenko, will return to Earth early Saturday morning, with Soyuz TMA-19M landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 5:14am EDT.

On the bottom row, from left to right, are Commander Tim Kopra, Oleg Skripochka, and Yuri Malenchenko. Top row, left to right, are Aleksei Ovchinin, Jeff Williams, and Tim Peake.

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Road to the stars
Human Spaceflight Image of the Week: Road to the stars

On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit Earth in his Vostok spacecraft that launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, now in Kazakhstan. ESA astronaut Tim Peake was launched into space from the very same launchpad as Yuri Gagarin and now, 55 years later, he tweeted this picture of himself on the ISS reading Yuri’s autobiography Road to the Stars.

The book is a special copy, signed by Gagarin himself, and it flew to space in 1991 with British astronaut Helen Sharman to the Russian space station Mir. The book is now signed by the current crew on the International Space Station, as well as the crew on Mir during Helen’s mission.

12 April has become a worldwide day of celebration of human spaceflight. Cosmonauts on the International Space Station are given a day off on this day. Today Yuri Malenchenko, Oleg Skripochka, Alexei Ovchinin are given a break from their busy schedules in space – aside from their obligatory daily exercise.

Credit: ESA/NASA

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Expedition 46 Soyuz Assembly

The Soyuz rocket and Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft is seen after being assembled in Building 112 on the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for Dec. 15 and will send Expedition 46 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA, and Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) to the International Space Station for a six-month stay. Photo Credit: (NASA/Victor Zelentsov)

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Expedition 46 launches, arrives at ISS.

Three new crewmembers of Expedition 46 launched and docked to the International Space Station today.

Tim Kopra, Tim Peake and Yuri Malenchenko lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 6:03 am EST on the standard, quick-intercept trajectory the Soyuz spacecraft takes. Six hours later, Soyuz TMA-19M was on final approach to station. Docking to the Rassavet module occurred at 12:33 pm.

Docking was delayed by nine minutes due to a last-minute shutdown of the automated KURS rendezvous and docking system. The Soyuz was around 18 meters away when it abruptly fired its thrusters to back away from the station. After parking the spacecraft at a distance of 140 meters, Soyuz then switched over to the manually-controlled TORU rendezvous and docking system.

Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko then manually brought the spacecraft into port on the station’s Earth-facing Rassavet module.

The three crewmembers comprise the second segment of Expedition 46, which officially began last Friday when Soyuz TMA-17M returned Expedition 45 to Earth.

Tim Peake, of ESA, is the United Kingdom’s first official astronaut, and is taking part in the European Space Agency’s Principa mission. Tim Kopra, of NASA, is making his second trip to the International Space Station, having previously been a Flight Engineer on Expedition 20.

Yuri Malenchenko, of Roscosmos, is making his fifth spaceflight. He was part of Expeditions 7, 16, and 32/33, as well as space shuttle mission STS-106 and Soyuz TM-19.

The crew of Soyuz TMA-19M and Expedition 46/47. From left to right, ESA’s Tim Peake, Roscosmos’ Yuri Malenchenko, and NASA’s Tim Kopra.

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The Soyuz TMA-19M rocket is launched with Expedition 46 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA, and Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency), Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Malenchenko, Kopra, and Peake will spend the next six-months living and working aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

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Expedition 45 begins the journey home from the International Space Station

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Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA captured this image from aboard the International Space Station, of the Dec. 11, 2015 undocking and departure of the Soyuz TMA-17M carrying home Expedition 45 crew members Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) after their 141-day mission on the orbital laboratory. They landed safely in Kazakhstan at approximately 8:12 a.m. EST (7:12 p.m. Kazakhstan time). Expedition 46 continues operating the station, with Kelly in command. Along with Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, the three-person crew will operate the station for four days until the arrival of three new crew members. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) are scheduled to launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Dec. 15.