Ready for Launch

Astronauts Yelena Serova, Aleksandr Samokutyayev and Barry Wilmore stand in front of the Soyuz rocket that will bring them to the International Space Station. Today the rocket was rolled out to the launch platform.

Launch is set for Thursday September 25 on 4:25 p.m. EDT (22:25 CEST). The launch will be broadcasted live at several channels, such as NASA TV and spaceflight101live .

NASA TV will start its broadcast at 3:30 pm EDT and docking coverage will start at 9:45 pm EDT.

Godspeed, for those flying to humanities frontier.

Image source: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Some Awesome female protagonists Part 1 [Part 2]
Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carsen // Kaye Firch from Tithe by Holly Black // Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead // Yelena Zaltana from poison Study by Maria Snyder // Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Just as NASA has the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, Roscosmos has the Hydro Laboratory in Star city’s Yuri Cosmonaut Gagarin Training Center. The above pictures are from a training of Yelena Serova. The Russians train with their own Orlan suits, with added buoyancy blocks on the legs and helmet.

Source: RIA Novosti / Ruslan Krivobok

Kill me? You can join the ‘I Want to Kill Yelena Guild.’ I hear they have six members in good standing. Valek is president since he wanted to kill me twice.

Yelena, Magic Study by Maria Snyder

This quote honestly made me laugh out loud. It’s funny because it’s true and yet she’s still joking about the number of people who want to murder her. Oh, the joys of Yelena’s life!
There should really be a bigger fandom for these books! 

Two eras united, Yelena Serova (left) and Valentina Tereshkova (right) meet before Yelena departs to Baikonur. Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space, Yelena will be the first Russian woman to visit and live on the International Space Station.

Image source: NASA/Stephanie Stoll via NASA2Explore