New Expedition 31 crew arrives at ISS
New Expedition 31 crewmembers set for arrival at ISS
Three new Expedition 31 crewmembers are set for arrival at the International Space Station early on Thursday morning. Gennady Padalka, Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Tuesday morning and have since been closing in on the ISS with their Soyuz TMA-04 spacecraft.
You can track the Soyuz TMA-04 as it approaches the ISS using http://www.n2yo.com.
The resident ISS crew, André Kuipers, Don Pettit and Oleg Kononenko, has had a shorter workday today in preparation for an early start tomorrow morning when they will welcome the new arrivals on board.
Docking is scheduled for 06:39 CEST (04:39 UT). Watch the docking live on NASA TV from 06:00 CEST (04:00 UT). Ingress of the new crewmembers occurs some 90 minutes later and will also be shown live on NASA TV from 09:45 CEST (07:45 UT).
Live video by Ustream
Video: Replay of the hatch opening
Replay of the hatch opening between the newly arrived Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft and the International Space Station. The new Expedition 30 crewmembers were welcomed on board by the three resident ISS Expedition 30 crewmembers, Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoli Ivanishin.
Video: Replay of the docking
Rendezvous & docking of the Soyuz TMA-03M with the International Space Station earlier this afternoon.
Soyuz spacecraft docked with ISS
The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station at 16:19 CET (15:19 UT). The crews are currently performing pressure and leak checks between the two spacecraft before opening the hatches around 19:00 (18:00 UT).
First view of the ISS from the Soyuz spacecraft
View of the Soyuz spacecraft as it approaches for docking with the ISS
The welcoming committee
Waiting to welcome André, Oleg and Don on board the International Space Station are the resident crewmembers. American ISS Commander Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoli Ivanishin have been living on the ISS for just over one month after docking their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on 16 November. Together the six crewmembers complete the 30th resident ISS crew - known as Expedition 30.
ISS Expedition 30
Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander
Dan Burbank has a strong expertise in naval flight training. He has logged over 4000 flight hours, primarily in coast guard helicopters, and has flown more than 300 search and rescue missions. Dan has served as spacecraft communicator (CapCom) for Space Shuttle and ISS missions. Having flown twice as a mission specialist on the Shuttle in 2000 and 2006, he has logged over 23 days in space.
On Twitter: @AstroCoastie
Anton Shkaplerov, Expedition 30 flight engineer
39-year-old Anton Shkaplerov is the youngest crewmember of Expeditions 30 and 31. He has a long career as a pilot-instructor in the Russian Air Force. He flew different types of aircraft and he is an experienced parachutist. Born in Sevastopol, Ukraine, Anton was selected as a test-cosmonaut candidate in 2003. Four years ago he served as Director of Operations for the Russian Space Agency at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, US.
Anatoli Ivanishin, Expedition 30 flight engineer
This is the first spaceflight for Anatoli Ivanishin. Since 1991 he has served in combat units of the Russian Air Force, becoming a senior fighter pilot. Jet fighters and parachuting have been a major part of his military career. Like Anton, he was selected as a test-cosmonaut candidate in 2003. He obtained his official qualification two years later.
Where are they now?
47 hours since their launch from Baikonur, the Soyuz spacecraft carrying André Kuipers, Don Pettit and Oleg Kononenko is closing in on the International Space Station. You can follow the ground track of both the Soyuz and ISS as they rendezvous in space at www.n2yo.com.
Ground track of Soyuz chasing ISS
Docking day for Soyuz
Soyuz docking with ISS in 2003
The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft carrying André Kuipers and his crewmates, Oleg Kononenko and Don Pettit is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station today at 16:23:46 CET (15:23:46 UT).
After leak checks, the hatch will be opened around 19:00 CET (18:00 UT) and the new arrivals welcomed on board their new home by the resident ISS Expedition 30 crewmembers.
Live coverage of the docking and hatch opening is available via NASA TV webstreaming: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.
For HD Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv (there you can also join in with the chat)
Coverage of the docking: from 15:45 to 17:00 CET (14:45 - 16:00 UT)
Coverage of hatch opening: from 18:45 to 21:00 CET (17:45 to 20:00 UT)
Image credit: ESA/NASA