June 7, 2011

Expedition 28 Crew Successfully Launches Towards ISS

The Expedition 28 crew successfully launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Tuesday.

Flight Engineers Mike Fossum, Sergei Volkov and Satoshi Furukawa launched aboard a Russian Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft towards the International Space Station.

The spacecraft will dock to the Rassvet module on the Earth-facing side of the station on Thursday. 

The three flight engineers will be greeted by the other Expedition 28 crewmates: Commander Andrey Borisenko and Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Ron Garan, who has been living and working on the station since April 6.

As the current ISS residents await the arrival of the Soyuz spacecraft, it has been placed as a high level priority for the astronauts to observe and photograph the planet as they orbit around the world every 90 minutes.

The task has been made a priority due to the Puyehue Volcano in Chile, which erupted Saturday after 51 years of inactivity.


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