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Soyuz TMA-13M poised for launch

Soyuz TMA-13M commander Maxim Surayev of Roscosmos, flight engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA and flight engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency are set to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday (May 28) at 2:57 p.m. CDT (1957 GMT; 1:57 a.m. local time May 29), from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

They will dock their Soyuz to the station's Rassvet module at 8:48 p.m. CDT (0148 GMT May 29) following a four-orbit rendezvous.

About two hours later, the hatches between Soyuz TMA-13M and the station will open and Surayev, Wiseman and Gerst will be greeted by ISS Expedition 40 commander Steven Swanson of NASA and flight engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, who have been on board the orbiting laboratory since late March.

Surayev, Wiseman and Gerst will stay on the space station through mid-November. Skvortsov, Artemyev and Swanson will return to Earth on Sept. 11, leaving Suraev as Expedition 41 commander.

On Monday (May 26), the Soyuz-FG rocket topped with the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft was rolled out to the launch pad by train and erected into position.


Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

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Soyuz TMA-13M brings trio of international crewmates to space station

Three new crew members arrived at the International Space Station Wednesday night (May 28) to begin five and a half months of scientific research.

Veteran cosmonaut Maxim Suraev of the Russian federal space agency Roscsomos commanded the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft through its six-hour, four-orbit rendezvous to the station. Flying with him on the three-seater Russian capsule were flight engineers Reid Wiseman of NASA and German astronaut Alexander Gerst of ESA, the European Space Agency.

The three lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 2:57 p.m. CDT (1957 GMT; 1:57 a.m. local time May 29). Their spacecraft completed an automated approach and docked to the Earth-facing port of the station's Russian Rassvet Mini-Research Module-1 at 8:44 p.m. CDT (0144 GMT).

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Soyuz TMA-13M returns trio to Earth after 165 days on space station

An American, a Russian, and a German returned from the International Space Station late Sunday night (Nov. 9), landing in Kazakhstan after spending 165 days in orbit.

"What a ride it has been," NASA astronaut Reid Weisman posted on Twitter just before he, Roscosmos cosmonaut Maxim Surayev and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst closed the hatch separating their Russian Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft from their home of five and a half months, the International Space Station, at 4:27 p.m. EST (2127 GMT).

Three hours later at 7:31 p.m. EST (0031 GMT), the three Expedition 40/41 crewmates undocked the Soyuz from the orbiting laboratory's Rassvet mini-research module, setting off on their return to Earth. Monitoring their departure from onboard the station were Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore and cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyayev and Elena Serova, who arrived at the outpost in September.

The Soyuz crew performed a 4-minute, 41-second engine burn at 10:05 p.m. EST (0305 GMT), slowing the craft and causing it to fall out of orbit.

After reentering the atmosphere and descending under a parachute, Wiseman, Surayev and Gerst touched down on the frigid steppe of Kazakhstan at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT; 9:58 a.m. Kazakh local time, Nov. 10), northeast of the remote town of Arkalyk.

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