September 15, 2014

On September 13 Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyayev, Elena Serova, Mikhail Korniyenko and Gennady Padalka and NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Scott Kelly had the first training in Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft.

Main and back-up crew performed spacecraft fit check: they checked radio communication systems, studied cargo accommodation, tried on the spacesuits and conducted spacesuits leak tests.

Straight after the training space industry operational crews started preparing Soyuz TM-14M spacecraft for transportation to the filling service area, where it is to be filled with propellant components and pressurized gas.

Besides the crews will study Soyuz TMA-14M onboard documentation, flight schedule and ballistics and have trainings on Soyuz manual approaching.

On September 14 the crews raised the flags of the contries taking part in  ISS-41/42 mission.

This traditional event symbolizes the final stage of preflight preparations. Both main and back-up crews took part in the ceremony, GCTC and Baikonur spaceport representatives were also attendant. The wished the crews successful flight.

After the ceremony back-up crew members made a tour around Baikonur city and laid the flowers to Gagarin monument.

Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft launch is scheduled for September 26.

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