Launch of Soyuz TMA-05M, July 14, 2012, Click for Zoom (Photo-credit NASA)

There are currently 3 astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS): Commander Sunita Williams (NASA), and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide (Japan), and Yuri Malenchenko (Russia). Commander Williams has been conducting all on-orbit operations with the SSEP Antares and Aquiarius II payloads.

At 6:51 am ET, Tuesday October 23, 2012, Soyuz TMA-06M will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying Flight Engineer Kevin Ford (USA), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (Russia), and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (Russia). Docking at ISS is scheduled to occur at 8:35 am ET, Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Commander Williams, and Flight Engineers Hoshide and Malenchenko are scheduled to depart Station in Soyuz TMA-05M on November 18, 2012, with return to Earth on November 19, carrying the SSEP Antares and Aquarius II payloads. The payloads will then be flown back to Houston for distribution to all 23 student flight experiment teams across America for harvesting and analysis. The launch of Soyuz TMA-05M back in July 2012 is shown in the photograph.

NASA TV coverage of the launch of Soyuz TMA-06M begins 5:30 am ET, Tuesday, October 23. You can watch it right here at the NASA TV portal below. The NASA Media Advisory on the Launch of Soyuz, with details of NASA TV coverage, is also provided in its entirety below.




HOUSTON -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of next week's
launch and docking of the next trio of crew members who will fly to
the International Space Station. 

Expedition 33/34 NASA Flight Engineer Kevin Ford, Soyuz Commander Oleg
Novitskiy and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin are scheduled to launch
in their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft at 5:51 a.m. CDT (4:51 p.m.
Baikonur time) Tuesday, Oct. 23, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan. NASA TV launch coverage will begin at 4:30 a.m., and
include video of activities leading to the crew boarding its

Two days later, at 7:35 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, the trio will dock
the Soyuz to the space-facing Poisk module of the orbiting
laboratory. NASA TV docking coverage begins at 7 a.m. Approximately
three hours later, hatches between the Soyuz and station will open
and Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin will be greeted by Expedition 33
Commander Sunita Williams of NASA and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide of
the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russia's Yuri Malenchenko.
Hatch opening coverage begins at 9:45 a.m. 

Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin will remain aboard the station until
March 2013. Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide, who arrived at the
complex in July, will return to Earth Nov. 19. 

The full schedule of the Soyuz pre-launch, launch and docking includes
coverage (all times are Central): 

Thursday, Oct. 18
1 p.m. -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 crew activities in Baikonur,

Saturday, Oct. 20
1 p.m. -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 crew activities and Soyuz
rocket mating in Baikonur, Kazakhstan 

Sunday, Oct. 21
11 a.m. -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 Soyuz roll out to launch pad
in Baikonur, Kazakhstan 

Monday, Oct. 22
11 a.m. -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 final prelaunch crew news
conference and Russian State Commission meeting in Baikonur,

Tuesday, Oct. 23
4:30 a.m. -- Expedition 33/34 Soyuz launch coverage (launch at 5:51
a.m.), includes video B-roll of crew pre-launch activities
9 a.m. -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 Soyuz prelaunch and launch
B-roll and post-launch interviews 

Thursday, Oct. 25,
7 a.m. -- Expedition 33/34 Soyuz docking coverage (docking at 7:35
a.m., followed by post-docking news conference from Mission Control
in Korolev, Russia)
9:45 a.m. -- Expedition 33/34 Soyuz hatch opening and welcoming
ceremony (hatch opening at 10:15 a.m.)
Noon -- Video File of Expedition 33/34 Soyuz docking, hatch opening
and welcoming ceremony 

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit: 


For information about NASA and the International Space Station, visit: 




SSEP is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in partnership with NanoRacks LLC. This on-orbit research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

SSEP is the first pre-college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.


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