MANNED SPACEFLIGHT ALERT!!! SOYUZ TMA-11M (ISS 37S) CREW POISED TO FLY WEDNESDAY.
Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls: CLICK photo for full size and see below for links and information.
On Wednesday November 7, at 0414 UTC (2314 EDT on Tuesday, November 6) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a Soyuz-FG rocket; TMA-11M (ISS 37S) will be lifting off from Launch Pad 1 – Launcher 5. TMS-11M will carry three crew members of Expedition 38/39 to the International Space Station (ISS). The crew will dock with the
Russian Mini Research module-1 (MRM-1) Rassvet Module and that capsule will remain there for approximately 6 months as a crew escape vehicle.
This will be the 120th flight of the Soyuz and will be, as is not standard procedure, an express four orbit (6hr) launch to docking flight. TMA stands for “Transport Modified Anthropometric”. The “M” after the flight number represents “Modernized” as the old design was upgraded with modern, more capable equipment. The reason there are two different flight designations is because the Soyuz program catalogs its flights and the ISS catalogs its flights as well. Because not all manned flights to the ISS have been Soyuz, both numbered flight catalogs (TMA & ISS) are relevant. The “S” after the ISS flight number represents “Souyz” as in the past some examples of other flights were “A”, ”J”, “J/A”, “E”, “UF”, “LF” and ”ULF” which represented different Space Shuttle flights. As far as the Space Shuttle, the “A” meant flights financed by the U.S. and focused on ISS assembly. “J” flights were financed by Japan/JAXA in construction of the ISS and utilized the Space Shuttle. “J/A” flights were combined U.S./Japan missions to deliver equipment to the ISS. “E” meant flights of the Space Shuttle financed by Europe/ESA in construction of the ISS. “UF” meant “Utilization Flight”, “LF” meant “Logistics Flight” and “ULF” meant “Utilization & Logistics Flight”. There are quite a few more designations, feel free to check em out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spaceflights_to_the_International_Space_Station
This will also be the first time since 2009 that nine astronauts/cosmonauts have inhabited the ISS at the same time. They will remain that way until November 10 when Karen Nyberg, Luca Parmitano and Fydor Yurchikin return to Earth. This launch will also be broadcast in Times Square in New York City.
The Three Crew Members of Soyuz TMA-11M/Soyuz 37:
– Astronaut Richard Mastracchio (NASA) https://twitter.com/AstroRM – Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin (Roscosmos)
– Astronaut Koichi Wakata (JAXA)
They will be joining NASA Astronaut Michael Hopkins https://twitter.com/AstroIllini , Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov to fulfill Expedition 38.
NASA ISS expeditions and crews: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/index.html
NASA ISS main mission page: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html#.UkD9Q5vD9ok
NASA ISS Mission pages: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/index.html
NASA ISS Photos (All the photos you will ever need from the ISS): http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/index.html
GREAT NASA Flickr photo stream collection: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/
SPACEFLIGHT101 article on TMA-11M: http://www.spaceflight101.com/soyuz-tma-11m-mission-updates.html
“The Atlantic” great Soyuz photo collections: http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/09/the-international-space-station-expedition-36/100588/