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Topic:Soyuz TMA-07M mission to the space station
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Robert PearlmanNASA video release
Soyuz TMA-07M rolled out to launch pad

The Soyuz-FG booster and TMA-07M spacecraft was rolled out by train and erected on its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.

For photographs, see: NASA / Energia

Robert PearlmancollectSPACE
Russia's Soyuz TMA-07M lifts off with three new crewmates for space station

The son of a cosmonaut, a former emergency room doctor and a guitar-playing Canadian are now on their way to the International Space Station (ISS) to spend five months on board the orbiting laboratory.

Rocketing into the evening sky above the desert steppe of Kazakhstan, Roman Romanenko with the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn and the Canadian Space Agency's Chris Hadfield lifted off at 7:12 a.m. EST (1212 GMT; 6:12 p.m. local) on Russia's Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft. The trio's Soyuz FG booster departed from "Gagarin's Start," the same launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome that was used for the world's first manned spaceflight in 1961.

Robert Pearlman
Soyuz TMA-07M docks with the space station

Roman Romanenko, Thomas Marshburn and Chris Hadfield docked their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the International Space Station's (ISS) Rassvet module on Friday (Dec. 21) at 8:09 a.m. CDT (1409 GMT) while flying over northern Kazakhstan 225 miles below.

After the hatches between the Soyuz and space station are opened, ISS Expedition 34 commander Kevin Ford and flight engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin will welcome the new flight engineers aboard for their five-month stay on the complex.

Robert Pearlman
Hatches closed, Soyuz crew ready to head home

Expedition 35 commander Chris Hadfield, Roscosmos flight engineer Roman Romanenko and NASA flight engineer Tom Marshburn are set to return to Earth Monday night (May 13) to wrap up 146 days in space, all but two spent on the International Space Station.

The departing trio bid farewell to their crewmates and boarded their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft, closing the hatches between the two vehicles at 2:50 p.m. CDT (1950 GMT). Undocking is scheduled at 6:08 p.m. (2308 GMT).

A deorbit burn planned at 8:37 p.m. (0137 GMT May 14) will set the Soyuz on track for a landing southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan at 9:30 p.m. (0230 GMT; 8:30 a.m. Kazakh time, May 14).

Eight of the 12 prime Russian MI-8 helicopters flew from the staging city in Karaganda, Kazakhstan to Dzhezkazgan Monday to pre-stage for landing. Four additional helicopters will depart Karaganda two hours prior to landing to converge on the landing zone.

Robert Pearlman
Soyuz TMA-07M crew heads home

Expedition 35 commander Chris Hadfield and flight engineers Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko undocked from the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at 6:08 p.m. CDT (2308 GMT) on Monday (May 13), wrapping up 144 days aboard the orbiting outpost.

After performing a deorbit burn, Soyuz TMA-07M will be on track for a scheduled 9:30 p.m. (0230 GMT) landing in southern Kazakhstan, wrapping up 146 days in space for the three.

Robert PearlmancollectSPACE
Soyuz TMA-07M lands safely with Russian, American and Canadian crewmates

The first Canadian commander of the International Space Station returned to Earth on Monday (May 13), joined by his American and Russian crewmates who spent the past five months living aboard the orbiting outpost.

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, NASA's Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko with the Russian space agency Roscosmos landed in southern Kazakhstan on board Russia's Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft. The 9:31 p.m. CDT (0231 GMT; 8:31 a.m. local time, May 14) "soft" touchdown occurred two-and-a-half hours after the trio left their home on orbit of 144 days.

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