November 5, 2013

Soyuz-FG booster with Soyuz TMA-11M manned spacecraft was rolled out from integration building and installed onto #1 launchpad (“Gagarin launch”) of Baikonur spaceport, – Roscosmos representative reported.

“The roll-out and the installation of the rocket took place nominally”, – he stated.

Soyuz TMA-11M will bring new crew to the ISS. The launch is scheduled for November 7.

The main crew consists of Mikhail Tyurin (Roscosmos), Richard Mactracchio (NASA) and Koichi Wakata (JAXA) who will be the first Japanese ISS commander in march 2014. The back-up crew comprises Maksim Surayev (Roscosmos), Reid Wiseman (NASA) and Alexander Gerst (ESA) .

The crew will deliver Olympic torch to the ISS and on November 9 Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky will carry it into the open space.

Om Wednesday, November 6,2013 State Commission will approve the crew going to the ISS on Tuesday.

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