Photo Credit & Copyright: NASA/Carla Cioffi of TMA-03M rollout.
On Thursday, September 25th, at 20:24 UTC (16:24 EDT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan a Soyuz-FG rocket; TMA-14M (Soyuz 40) will be lifting off from Launch Pad 1/Launcher 5 (LC 1/5 or Gagarin’s Start). TMA-14M will carry three crew members of Expedition 41/42 to the International Space Station (ISS) on a four orbit, 6 hour “fast-track” launch to docking flight which began manned operations on TMA-08M on March 28, 2013. The crew will dock with the Russian Mini Research module-2 (MRM-2) Poisk “Search or Explore” Module at Thursday night and that capsule will remain there for approximately 6 months as a crew escape vehicle. Docking & hatch opening coverage begins at 21:45 EDT on the 25th (01:45 UTC on the 26th).
Want to see the ISS overhead? Here’s everything you need! https://danspace77.com/iss-tracking/
HISTORY IN THE MAKING:
When cosmonaut Elena Serova arrives onboard the ISS, she will become the first female cosmonaut to do so. In the process she will become only the fourth female cosmonaut to reach space and the first to launch since Yelena Kondakova launched onboard STS-84 space shuttle Atlantis on May 15, 1997.
CREW OF TMA-14M (Soyuz 40):
NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore:
Roscosmos cosmonaut Elena Serova:
Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev:
THEY WILL JOIN:
Roscosmos cosmonaut and ISS Commander, Maxim Suraev: https://twitter.com/Msuraev
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman: https://twitter.com/astro_reid
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst (Germany): https://twitter.com/Astro_Alex
*This will fulfill Expedition 41 which began on September 10, 2014 and these three crewmembers will begin Expedition 42 on a later date.
SUPERSTISION & TRADITION: Just some the seemingly endless tradition and superstition; Before leaving Star City near Moscow, the crew leaves red roses at the memorial wall which commemorates Gagarin and the 4 other fallen Russian cosmonauts. They also visit Gagarin’s office, sign his guest book and ask his ghost for permission to fly before heading to the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur. Behind it, a road of trees planted by former crews. Before launch the crew will add their three trees as well. The Soyuz rollout begins at 0700 Baikonur Time as it has done since the Gagarin Flight on April 12, 1961. The rollout is not allowed to be watched by the primary crew as it is considered bad luck. To help with good luck, technicians flatten coins on the tracks. The rocket will also be blessed by an Orthodox Priest before flight. Anointing the rocket began in 1994 at the request of cosmonaut Alexander Viktorenko before his TM-20 launch to MIR. One of the few traditions not started with Yuri. The main crew will, before flight, get a haircut and watch the 1969 movie “White Sun of the Desert.” Suit up happens in a tiny room, on display relatively close to onlookers from behind glass. Before leaving the hotel for the launch pad the crew is blessed and they sip wine at breakfast. As they leave, they sign the door of their room. As they leave they are played the song, “The Green Grass Near My Home” which speaks of a cosmonauts love of Earth. The bus, which has horseshoes on it makes a stop and the crew partakes in a tradition again, started by Gagarin himself; urination of the right rear wheel of the bus. When they finally reach the launch pad they are presented with the talisman in the form of a stuffed animal to be hung from inside the Soyuz capsule for the flight. Also, there are no launches on October 24. And that’s just for LAUNCH! Never mind the landing ritual.
STREAM THE LAUNCH LIVE:
Live Streaming Feed (NASA TV): http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
NASA TV on Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv
NASA TV on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NASAtelevision
NASA TV on LiveStream: http://www.livestream.com/nasa
Live Streaming Feed (Tsenki): http://www.tsenki.com/en/broadcast/
Expedition 41 Mission Summary: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/NP-2014-08-010-JSC-Expedition-41-summary.pdf?bcsi_scan_df193da5ba4c5bc6=0&bcsi_scan_filename=NP-2014-08-010-JSC-Expedition-41-summary.pdf
NASA ISS expedition 41 crew: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition41/
NASA’s HDEV 24hr LIVE streaming feed from the ISS: https://danspace77.com/2014/05/07/nasahdev-deliver-live-streaming-view-of-earth-from-the-iss/
NASA ISS main mission page: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/
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
NASA “2 Explore” Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/
NASA “HQ Photostream” Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/
NASA “Goddard” Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/
NASA Spaceflight TMA-14M: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=34875.0
Spaceflight 101 Soyuz FG: http://www.spaceflight101.com/soyuz-fg.html
Roscosmos homepage: http://www.federalspace.ru/