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Topic:Soyuz TMA-22 mission to the space station
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Credit: Roscosmos TV

Robert Pearlman
Soyuz TMA-22 crew gets final approval for launch

Soyuz TMA-22 commander Anton Shkaplerov, NASA flight engineer Dan Burbank and Roscosmos' Anatoly Ivanishin appeared before the Russian State Commission on Nov. 12, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The commission gave its final approval for their launch.

The crew also conducted a final pre-launch news conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters and prepared for liftoff on Nov. 14, Baikonur time, in the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft.

Also featured in the video are the backup crew members, Soyuz commander Gennady Padalka, NASA flight engineer Joe Acaba and Roscosmos flight engineer Sergei Revin.


Credit: NASA TV
Robert Pearlman
TMA-22 crew dons parkas for snowy ride to pad

Soyuz TMA-22 commander Anton Shkaplerov, NASA flight engineer Dan Burbank and Roscosmos' Anatoly Ivanishin departed their crew quarters for the launch pad Sunday evening (Monday morning local time), where they are scheduled to lift off for the International Space Station at 10:14 p.m. CST (0414 GMT Nov. 14).

Due to the weather, the trio had to don special overcoats.

"On the way to the pad," wrote backup crew member Joe Acaba on Twitter. "Snow is falling. First time [a] crew has had to wear these overcoats/parkas. All is go so far."

Robert PearlmancollectSPACE
Soyuz TMA-22 launches cosmonauts, US astronaut to the space station

Two Russian cosmonauts, a NASA astronaut and an "Angry Bird" took off for the International Space Station Sunday evening (Nov. 13), soaring through falling snow and setting several historical firsts and lasts in the process.

The Russian Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft lifted off on top a Soyuz-U booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the desert steppe of Kazakhstan at 10:14 p.m. CST (11:14 a.m. local time, 0414 GMT Monday, Nov. 14). On board were Roscosmos Soyuz commander Anton Shkaplerov, flight engineer Anatoly Ivanishin and NASA astronaut Dan Burbank.

Robert Pearlman
Soyuz TMA-22 docks with the space station

Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Daniel Burbank docked their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft at the International Space Station's Poisk mini-research module at 11:24 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Nov. 15 (0524 GMT Nov. 16), nine minutes earlier than scheduled.

After the hatches between the Soyuz and station were opened at 1:39 a.m. CST, Expedition 29 commander Mike Fossum and flight engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov welcomed the new flight engineers aboard for their four-month stay on the complex.

The six station crew members will have just under a week together as the Expedition 29 crew before Fossum, Furukawa and Volkov head home Monday aboard the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft that brought them to the station June 9. Their departure will mark the beginning of Expedition 30, under the command of Burbank.

A formal change-of-command ceremony is planned for Sunday.

Three more flight engineers – Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers – are scheduled to launch to the station Dec. 21.

Burbank is making his third visit to the station. His previous two visits were both on space shuttle Atlantis. During the STS-106 mission in September 2000, he helped prepare the station for its first permanent crew. During STS-115 in September 2006, he conducted a 7-hour, 11-minute spacewalk that completed truss installation, activated the solar alpha rotary joint and enabled the solar arrays to be deployed.

This is the first spaceflight for both Shkaplerov and Ivanishin.

Robert Pearlman
Soyuz TMA-22 crew returning to Earth on Friday

The six astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station packed cargo and shifted their sleep schedule Thursday as three Expedition 30 crew members prepare to return to Earth early Friday after five and a half months in space.

Expedition 30 commander Dan Burbank and flight engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin, who arrived at the orbiting complex on Nov. 16, are set to undock in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft at 3:18 a.m. CDT Friday (0818 GMT) for a landing in the steppe of Kazakhstan at 6:45 a.m. CDT (1145 GMT).

Their departure will mark the end of Expedition 30 and beginning of Expedition 31 under the command of Oleg Kononenko, who along with flight engineers Andre Kuipers and Don Pettit will remain aboard the station until July. Three additional Expedition 31 crew members – flight engineers Gennady Padalka, Sergei Revin and Joe Acaba – will arrive at the complex aboard the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft May 17.

Robert Pearlman
Soyuz TMA-22 departs the space station

Russia's Soyuz TMA-22 crewed by Expedition 30 commander Dan Burbank and flight engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday (April 27) at 3:18 a.m. CDT (0818 GMT).

The spacefarers are set to land on the steppe of Kazakhstan in a few hours time, wrapping up their 165 days in space.

Robert Pearlman
Soyuz TMA-22 returns to Earth

NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin returned to Earth on board the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on Friday after 165 days off the planet, all but two days aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The Soyuz landed on Friday (April 27) at 6:45 a.m. CST (11:45 GMT) on the steppe of Kazakhstan, near the town of Arkalyk.

Burbank, Shkaplerov, and Ivanishin arrived at the space station on Nov. 16 aboard the same spacecraft, TMA-22, as they landed, joining the Expedition 29 crew as flight engineers. ISS Expedition 30 began and Burbank took command when Expedition 29 crew members Mike Fossum, Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov left the station on Nov. 21.

Their mission over, the three TMA-22 crew members will be flown to Karaganda for a Kazakh welcome home ceremony. Shkaplerov and Ivanishin will then go to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, outside of Moscow, while Burbank will be flown to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to begin his rehabilitation.

See here for discussion of the Soyuz TMA-22 mission to the station.

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