May 15, 2014

On May 15, 2014 GCTC saw formal parting events: ISS 40/41 main and back up crews were leaving for Baikonur spaceport where they will be having final preflight trainings before the launch. The main crew consists of Maksim Surayev, Roscosmos, Reid Wiseman, NASA and Alexander Gerst, ESA; the back-up crew comprises Anton Shkaplerov ( Roscosmos, Samantha Christoforetti, ESA and Terry Virts ( NASA).

After traditional breakfast among colleagues the crews walked along the alley to Lenin’s stele where they made memorable photos and answered the journalists’ questions.  This formal event was attended by crew members’ relatives and friends, GCTC authorities and other cosmonauts.

After that the crew went to Chkalovsky airfield. Special charter with m. Surayevm R. Wiseman and A. Gerst onboard took off  at 11.15, the next charter with A. Shkaplerov, S. Christoforetti and T. Virts followed the first one ten minutes later – at 11.25, Moscow time.

The launch of Soyuz  TMA-11m is scheduled for may 28, 2014.

More from this category:
April 24, 2013

According to press-service of RSC Energia, at 14:12:16 Moscow Time an automatic transport cargo vehicle Progress M-19M was launched from the launch pad of site…

full story
November 7, 2018

On November 7, 2018, at 03:47 Moscow time, the launch vehicle “Soyuz-ST-B” with the European meteorological spacecraft “MetOp-С” was launched from the cosmodrome of the…

full story
March 24, 2020

Today at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center was a farewell ceremony of the crew of the ISS-63 to Baikonur. In a few weeks, Roscosmos cosmonauts…

full story
June 30, 2014

The last of five European unmanned cargo vehicles delivering cargos to the ISS will be launched on July 24, – Astro News reports with reference…

full story
May 27, 2019

Today in the morning, the “Proton-M” launch vehicle with the “Breeze-M” upper stage and the Russian “Yamal-601” communications satellite was rolled out to the launch…

full story
May 13, 2013

American astronauts Thomas Marschburn and Chris Cassidy went to the open space to determine the leak point of ammonia in the cooling system and probably…

full story
September 28, 2016

The launch of Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft initially scheduled for September 23 and postponed due to technical reasons was preliminarily scheduled for October 19, – the…

full story
December 3, 2018

On December 3, 2018, at 14:31 (Moscow time), the “Soyuz-FG” launch vehicle with the “Soyuz MS-11” spacecraft launched from launch complex № 1 (Gagarinsky start)…

full story